Acquitted and Not-Guilty

Acquitted

In the common law tradition, an acquittal formally certifies that the accused is free from the charge of an offense, as far as the criminal law is concerned.

acquitted See {acquit}

acquitted adj : declared not guilty of a specific offense or crime; legally blameless; "he stands acquitted on all charges"; "the jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity" [syn: {not guilty}]

acquit v 1: pronounce not guilty of criminal charges; "The suspect was cleared of the murder charges" [syn: {assoil}, {clear}, {discharge}, {exonerate}, {exculpate}] [ant: {convict}] 2: behave in a certain manner; "She carried herself well"; "he bore himself with dignity"; "They conducted themselves well during these difficult times" [syn: {behave}, {bear}, {deport}, {conduct}, {comport}, {carry}] [also: {acquitting}, {acquitted}]

36 Moby Thesaurus words for "acquitted": absolved, blotted, canceled, condoned, discharged, disregarded, exculpated, excused, exonerated, expended, forgiven, forgotten, hired, indulged, liquidated, overlooked, paid, paid in full, pardoned, postpaid, prepaid, receipted, redeemed, remitted, reprieved, salaried, settled, shriven, spared, spent, unavenged, uncondemned, unresented, unrevenged, waged, wiped away

Acquit \Ac*quit"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Acquitted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Acquitting}.] [OE. aquiten, OF. aquiter, F. acquitter; ? (L. ad) + OF. quiter, F. quitter, to quit. See {Quit}, and cf. {Acquiet}.] 1. To discharge, as a claim or debt; to clear off; to pay off; to requite. [1913 Webster] A responsibility that can never be absolutely acquitted. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 2. To pay for; to atone for. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To set free, release or discharge from an obligation, duty, liability, burden, or from an accusation or charge; -- now followed by of before the charge, formerly by from; as, the jury acquitted the prisoner; we acquit a man of evil intentions. [1913 Webster] 4. Reflexively: (a) To clear one's self. --Shak. (b) To bear or conduct one's self; to perform one's part; as, the soldier acquitted himself well in battle; the orator acquitted himself very poorly. [1913 Webster] Syn: To absolve; clear; exonerate; exonerate; exculpate; release; discharge. See {Absolve}. [1913 Webster]

Not-Guilty

In the common law tradition, an acquittal formally certifies that the accused is free from the charge of an offense, as far as the criminal law is concerned.

not guilty adj : declared not guilty of a specific offense or crime; legally blameless; "he stands acquitted on all charges"; "the jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity" [syn: {acquitted}]

24 Moby Thesaurus words for "not guilty": angelic, blameless, childlike, clear, dovelike, faultless, guiltless, in the clear, incorrupt, innocent, lamblike, offenseless, prelapsarian, pristine, reproachless, sans reproche, sinless, uncorrupted, undefiled, unfallen, unlapsed, untouched by evil, with clean hands, without reproach

Data Sources:

  • acquitted: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • acquitted: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • acquitted: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • acquitted: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • acquitted: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • not-guilty: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • not-guilty: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0

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