Definition of "acquit" [ac•quit]

  • Law To free or clear from a charge or accusation. (verb-transitive)
  • To release or discharge from a duty. (verb-transitive)
  • To conduct (oneself) in a specified manner: acquitted herself well during the interview. (verb-transitive)
  • Obsolete To repay. (verb-transitive)

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Use "acquit" in a sentence
  • "Don’t get me wrong, I think judges are too slow to use their power in this regard, but it should be that the universe of cases where a reasonable jury will acquit is much, much larger than cases where a judge acting property will grant a motion for judgment of acquittal."
  • "Potsdam, instead of contenting yourself with the general glitter of the collective corps, and saying, 'par maniere d'acquit', that is very fine,"
  • "They did, then came back with a mixed verdict form: 8 charges marked "acquit," and the rest left blank."