exculpatory
mitigating mitigating adj. serving to reduce blame; -- of situations; as, mitigating factors; mitigating circumstances. Opposite of {aggravating}. [Narrower terms: {exculpatory}]

Syn: extenuating. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]


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  • exculpatory — ex·cul·pa·to·ry /ek skəl pə ˌtōr ē/ adj: tending or serving to exculpate an exculpatory clause in a contract compare inculpatory Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Exculpatory — Ex*cul pa*to*ry Clearing, or tending to clear, from alleged fault or guilt; excusing. An exculpatory letter. Johnson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • exculpatory — 1780s, from EXCULPATE (Cf. exculpate) + ORY (Cf. ory) …   Etymology dictionary

  • exculpatory — /ekskalpat(6)riy/ Clearing or tending to clear from alleged fault or guilt; excusing. Baird v. State, 246 S.W.2d 192, 195. See exculpatory statement or evidence Compare incriminate …   Black's law dictionary

  • exculpatory — /ekskalpat(6)riy/ Clearing or tending to clear from alleged fault or guilt; excusing. Baird v. State, 246 S.W.2d 192, 195. See exculpatory statement or evidence Compare incriminate …   Black's law dictionary

  • exculpatory — exculpate ► VERB formal ▪ show or declare to be not guilty of wrongdoing. DERIVATIVES exculpation noun exculpatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin exculpare free from blame …   English terms dictionary

  • exculpatory — adjective Date: 1781 tending or serving to exculpate …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • exculpatory — /ik skul peuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. tending to clear from a charge of fault or guilt. [1770 80; EXCULPATE + ORY1] * * * …   Universalium

  • exculpatory — adjective /ək.ˈskʌɫ.pə.ˌtɔ.ri/ excusing or clearing of any wrongdoing. Syn: exonerative …   Wiktionary

  • exculpatory — adj. freeing from blame, declaring innocent …   English contemporary dictionary

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