What does exculpation mean?

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Noun
  1. The act of exculpating from alleged fault or crime; that which exculpates; excuse.
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But, because she was Clancy Deane, they were not words of exculpation, or of apology.
The most likely motives to cause one to falsely inculpate another are currying favor, revenge, and exculpation.
The story had lost nothing in the way of incrimination of Colonel Eldridge, and complete exculpation of himself.
And your exculpation of Karen did not convince me as it seemed to do Mrs. Forrester.
Certainly, lines of inquiry which may conduce to exculpation is one of the hallmarks of material to be disclosed.
At the outset of Paradise Lost, Satan rallies his fellow fallen angels with a speech of exculpation.

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