acquittal

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From acquit +‎ -al.

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acquittal (plural acquittals)

  1. (now rare) The act of fulfilling the duties (of a given role, obligation etc.). [from 15th c.]
  2. (law) A legal decision that someone is not guilty with which they have been charged, or the formal dismissal of a charge by some other legal process. [from 15th c.]
  3. Payment of a debt or other obligation; reparations, amends. [from 15th c.]
  4. (now historical) The act of releasing someone from debt or other obligation; acquittance. [from 15th c.]
  5. (rare) Avoidance of danger; deliverance. [from 17th c.]

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