Latin. To unload. To relieve a party of guilt or a criminal charge. To release from liability. To free from responsibility.
- vb. To unload; to disburden; to discharge. To relieve, in a moral sense, as of a charge, obligation, or load of blame resting on one; to clear of something that lies upon oppresses one, as an accusation or imputation; as, to exonerate one's self from blame, or from the charge of avarice. To discharge from duty or obligation, as a bail.
Syn. - To absolve; acquit; exculpate. See Absolve.