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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 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 (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 (1826)

With Copious Illustrations and Explanations, Drawn from the Best Writers 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 absolution we are released from the bondage of sin, and placed in a state of favor with ...

Google previewEnglish Synonymes Explained in Alphabetical Order (1826)

With Copious Illustrations and Examples Drawn from the Best Writers 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. ABSOLUTE. By absolution we are released from the bondage of sin, and placed in a state of ...

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

by Various

Acquit, akkwit′ ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc (1816)

Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference

*To ACQUIT .

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.

Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana: Miscellaneous and lexicographical (1845)

by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose

AcquiT. To make great acquisitions can happen to very few; and in the uncertainty of human affairs, to many it will be incident to labour without reward, and to lose what they already possess by endeavours to make it more. Adventurer, No. 119 ...

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopedia of Law (1889)

by John Houston Merrill, Thomas Johnson Michie, Charles Frederic Williams, David Shephard Garland

Where the instrument which it was alleged was forged is ambiguous, it is proper to charge that, if the instrument is other than that set forth in the indictment, the jury must acquit.3 XIII. VEEDICT. — The verdict of the jury must be definite and ...

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Usage statistics about acquit

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

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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It is better and more satisfactory to acquit a thousand guilty persons than to put a single innocent one to death. (Maimonides)
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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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