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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ex·on·er·ate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Exonerated p. pr. & vb. n. Exonerating ]
 1. To unload; to disburden; to discharge. [Obs.]
    All exonerate themselves into one common duct.   --Ray.
 2. To relieve, in a moral sense, as of a charge, obligation, or load of blame resting on one; to clear of something that lies upon oppresses one, as an accusation or imputation; as, to exonerate one's self from blame, or from the charge of avarice.
 3. To discharge from duty or obligation, as a bail.
 Syn: -- To absolve; acquit; exculpate. See Absolve.