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To prove or say that someone is not to blame - synonyms or related words

clear

verb

to prove officially that someone did not do something wrong

eliminate

verb

to decide that someone or something is not responsible for something

vindicate

verb

to prove that someone who was accused of a crime or dishonest act is not guilty

absolve

verb

formal

to state officially that someone is free of any blame or responsibility in a particular matter

exonerate

verb

formal

to officially state or prove that someone is not to be blamed for something

get off

to help someone to avoid being punished by a court

exculpate

verb

very formal

to prove that someone is not guilty of a crime or other bad action

clear someone’s name

to prove that someone did not do something that they were accused of

someone is only human

used for saying someone has been weak in the ways that most people are weak and should not be blamed for their behavior

cannot/can’t help something

used for saying that someone cannot be blamed for a situation

rat tail

a type of hairstyle which has a long, thin strip of hair growing down the back of the neck

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