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[Latin exonerare to relieve, free, discharge, from ex- out + onerare to burden, from oner- onus load]
1 : to relieve esp. of a charge, obligation, or hardship
2 : to clear from accusation or blame compare acquit, exculpate
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.