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acquit ə-kwit ( vb ) acquitted acquitting Old French acquiter to pay off, absolve, acquit, from a-, prefix marking causation + quite free (of an obligation) vt :to discharge completely: as

a :to release from liability for a debt or other obligation usu. used in agreements [forever release, ⁓, and discharge each other]

b :to absolve (a criminal defendant) of a charge by judicial process

c :to clear of wrongdoing [the fact…does not ⁓ them of misrepresentation In re Hiller, 694 P.2d 540 (1985)]

vi :to absolve a defendant of criminal liability [must ⁓ if any reasonable doubt existed Commonwealth v. Gagliardi, 638 N.E.2d 20 (1994)] compare convict

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