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To prove or say that someone is not to blame

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

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

exonerate

verb

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

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 behaviour

someone cannot/can’t help it if

used for saying that someone cannot be blamed for a situation

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