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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-kwit-l]
    • /əˈkwɪt l/
    • /əˈkwɪt.əl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kwit-l]
    • /əˈkwɪt l/

Definitions of acquittal word

  • variable noun acquittal Acquittal is a formal declaration in a court of law that someone who has been accused of a crime is innocent. 3
  • noun acquittal the deliverance and release of a person appearing before a court on a charge of crime, as by a finding of not guilty 3
  • noun acquittal a discharge or release from an obligation, duty, debt, etc 3
  • noun acquittal an acquitting; discharge (of duty, obligation, etc.) 3
  • noun acquittal a setting free or being set free by judgment of the court 3
  • noun acquittal the act of acquitting; discharge. 1

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Origin of acquittal

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
1400-50; late Middle English a(c)quitaille < Anglo-French; see acquit, -al2

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Parts of speech for Acquittal


acquittal popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 75% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for acquittal

noun acquittal

  • reprieve — to delay the impending punishment or sentence of (a condemned person).
  • pardon — kind indulgence, as in forgiveness of an offense or discourtesy or in tolerance of a distraction or inconvenience: I beg your pardon, but which way is Spruce Street?
  • dismissal — an act or instance of dismissing.
  • liberation — the act of liberating or the state of being liberated.
  • deliverance — Deliverance is rescue from imprisonment, danger, or evil.

Antonyms for acquittal

noun acquittal

  • hold — to have or keep in the hand; keep fast; grasp: She held the purse in her right hand. He held the child's hand in his.
  • censure — If you censure someone for something that they have done, you tell them that you strongly disapprove of it.
  • denunciation — Denunciation of someone or something is severe public criticism of them.
  • doom — fate or destiny, especially adverse fate; unavoidable ill fortune: In exile and poverty, he met his doom.
  • sentence — Grammar. a grammatical unit of one or more words that expresses an independent statement, question, request, command, exclamation, etc., and that typically has a subject as well as a predicate, as in John is here. or Is John here? In print or writing, a sentence typically begins with a capital letter and ends with appropriate punctuation; in speech it displays recognizable, communicative intonation patterns and is often marked by preceding and following pauses.

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