Definition of "exculpatory" []

  • Acting or tending to exculpate. (adjective)

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Use "exculpatory" in a sentence
  • "BRAND: I think you would want to press the procedures that were used, see whether the wiretaps have been legitimately authorized, whether all the material that was wiretapped, including some things that we lawyers call exculpatory -- that is, things that tend to prove your innocence -- are not on the tapes or that should be on the tapes and available to you."
  • "Local public defenders wonder whether police preserve so-called exculpatory videos, the kind of tapes that could get a client off the hook."
  • "I look for the so-called exculpatory evidence in any case because it's only going to strengthen an investigation."