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Definition of the verb acquit

What does acquit mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: acquitted, acquitting

  1. pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
    • example: They want to acquit the prisoners
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Source]The doctor cured PatVerbs of Removing: absolve, exonerate, free, pardon
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Source] of [Theme]The doctor cured Pat of pneumonia
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Source] out of [Theme]The swindler cheated Pat out of her fortune
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate]Studies exonerated program trading as a source of volatility
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from [Source]The swindler bilked 20 dollars from his boss
      [Cause] [Verb] [Source] of [Theme, object control with -ing]It freed him of feeling guiltFree Verbs: absolve, clear, cure, emancipate, free, release, relieve
      [Cause] [Verb] [Source] of [Theme, not sentential clause]It freed him of guilt
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of acquit: assoil / clear / discharge / exculpate / exonerate
    • antonym of acquit: convict
    • more generic words: judge / label / pronounce = pronounce judgment on
    • more specific words:
      • vindicate = clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting proof
      • whitewash = exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data
      • purge = clear of a charge
    • entailment: evaluate / judge / pass judgment = form a critical opinion of
  2. behave in a certain manner
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of acquit: bear / behave / carry / comport / conduct / deport
    • more generic words: bear / carry / hold = support or hold in a certain manner; act / move = perform an action, or work out or perform
    • more specific terms:
      • fluster = be flustered
      • put forward / assert = insist on having one's opinions and rights recognized
      • deal = behave in a certain way towards others
      • walk around = behave in a certain manner or have certain properties
      • posture / pose = behave affectedly or unnaturally in order to impress others

Alternative definition of the verb acquit

verb

  1. To declare not guilty; innocent
  2. [context: followed by “of”, formerly by “from”] To set free, release or discharge from an obligation, duty, liability, burden, or from an accusation or charge, to find not guilty.
  3. [obsolete, rare] To pay for; to atone for
  4. To discharge, as a claim or debt; to clear off; to pay off; to requite, to fulfill.
  5. [reflexive] To clear one’s self.
  6. [reflexive] To bear or conduct one’s self; to perform one’s part.
  7. [obsolete] To release, set free, rescue.
  8. [archaic] Past participle of 'acquit', set free, rid of.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for acquit

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Google previewA Report of Cases Determined on the Crown Side on the Northern Circuit (1834)

Commencing with the Summer Circuit of 1822, and Ending with the Summer Circuit of [1838] ... by Great Britain. Courts of Oyer and Terminer and General Gaol Delivery, Sir Gregory Alnutt Lewin

The maxim of the common law is, that the life of a man shall not be twice put in jeopardy for one and the same offence, and that is the reason and cause that aulerfois acquit is a good plea, yet is intendable of a lawful acquittal or conviction ; for ...

Google previewApproaches to Legal Rationality (2010)

by Dov M. Gabbay, Patrice Canivez, Shahid Rahman, Alexandre Thiercelin

A guilty verdict is the conclusion of a suitably strong abduction, and a verdict to acquit is a judgement to the effect that the evidence permits no abduction of requisite strength to convict. A jury's task is to adjudicate between the rival abductions ...

Google previewEnglish Synonymes Explained, in Alphabetical Order (1816)

by George Crabb

To absolve is the free act of an omnipotent and merciful being towards sinners; to acquit is the act of an earthly tribunal towards supposed offenders. By ubsolution we are released from the bondage of sin, and placed in a state of favour with ...

Google previewEnglish Synonymes Explained (1824)

In Alphabetical Order by George Crabb

to acquit is the act of an earthly tribunal towards supposed offenders. By absolution we are released from the bondage of sin, and placed in a state of favour with God ; by an acquittal we are released from the charge of guilt, and reinstated in ...

Google previewEnglish synonymes explained with illustrations and exemples from the best writers (1824)

by George Crabb

To absolve is the free act of an omnipotent and merciful being towards sinners; to acquit is the act of an earthly tribunal towards supposed oifenders. By absolution We are released from the bondage of sin, and placed in a state of favour with ...

Google previewEnglish Synonymes

by G. Crabb

To obsolete is the free not of an omnipoth and mer cil'ul being towards snlnerc; to acquit is the act ofatl earthly tribunal towards supposed ofl'enders; by absoluticn we are released from the bondage of sin, and placed in a state of lavour with ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia perthensis, or, Universal dictionary of the arts, sciences, literature, etc. : intended to supersede the use of other books of reference (1816)

*To ACQUIT, v.a. [aequiter, Fr. See Quit.] t.

Google previewChambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)

by Various

Acquit, akkwit′ ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Words and Phrases Used in Ancient and Modern Law (2000)

by Arthur English

We will acquit. Acquietancia. An acquittance ; an instrument by which the discharge of a debt is effected. Exemption from service or duty.

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Usage statistics about acquit

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb acquit:

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Comparison of usage frequency between the verb acquit and its most common antonym:

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Scrabble value of A1C3Q10U1I1T1

The value of this 6-letter word is 17 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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