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acquittal


noun

  1. the act of acquitting; discharge.
  2. the state of being acquitted; release.
  3. the discharge or settlement of a debt, obligation, etc.
  4. Law. judicial deliverance from a criminal charge on a verdict or finding of not guilty.

noun

  1. criminal law the deliverance and release of a person appearing before a court on a charge of crime, as by a finding of not guilty
  2. a discharge or release from an obligation, duty, debt, etc
n.

early 15c., “payment of debt or retribution;” see acquit + -al (2). Sense of “a release from debt or obligation” is from mid-15c.; that of “freeing from charge or offense” (by legal process) is from 1530s.

The judgment of a court that a person charged with a crime is not guilty.

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