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[Old French acquiter to pay off, absolve, acquit, from a-, prefix marking causation + quite free (of an obligation)]
: to discharge completely: as
a : to release from liability for a debt or other obligation usually used in agreements [forever release, , and discharge each other]
b : to absolve (a criminal defendant) of a charge by judicial process
c : to clear of wrongdoing [the fact…does not them of misrepresentation "In re Hiller, 694 P.2d 540 (1985)"]
: to absolve a defendant of criminal liability [must if any reasonable doubt existed "Commonwealth v. Gagliardi, 638 N.E.2d 20 (1994)"] compare convict
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.