Share this entry

Share this page

acquittal

Line breaks: ac¦quit|tal
Pronunciation: /əˈkwɪt(ə)l
 
/

Definition of acquittal in English:

noun

A judgement or verdict that a person is not guilty of the crime with which they have been charged: the trial resulted in an acquittal [mass noun]: the women felt their chances of acquittal were poor
More example sentences
  • Routine acquittals of obviously guilty people would quickly breed contempt for the law.
  • Now the choice is go to trial on a felony assault charge and hope for an acquittal or plead guilty to a misdemeanor.
  • From his arrest until his acquittal at the Crown Court, the Applicant was on bail.
Synonyms
absolution, clearing, exoneration, exculpation, declaration of innocence;
discharge, release, freeing, liberation, deliverance;
informal let-off, letting off

Definition of acquittal in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day resilient
Pronunciation: rɪˈzɪlɪənt
adjective
able to recoil or spring back into shape…