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acquitting


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  A  responsibility  that  can  never  be  absolutely 
  acquitted.  --I.  Taylor. 
 
  2.  To  pay  for  to  atone  for  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  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. 
 
  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. 
 
  Syn:  To  absolve;  clear;  exonerate;  exonerate;  exculpate; 
  release;  discharge.  See  {Absolve}. 




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