acquittal
ac·quit·tal /ə-'kwit-əl/ n
1: release or discharge from debt or other liability
2: a setting free or deliverance from the charge of an offense by verdict of a jury, judgment of a court, or other legal process see also implied acquittal; judgment of acquittal at judgment 1a compare conviction

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

acquittal
I noun absolutio, absolution, acquitment, acquittance, amnesty, clearance, compurgation, discharge, dismissal, exculpation, exoneration, favorable verdict, letting off, liberatio, liberation, pardon, purgation, quittance, release, remission, reprieve, restoration, verdict of not guilty, vindication associated concepts: acquittal by a jury foreign phrases:
- Paribus sententiis reus absolvitor. — When the opinions are equal, where the court is equally divided, the defendant is acquitted
II index absolution, compurgation, condonation, discharge (liberation), discharge (payment), discharge (release from obligation), emancipation, exoneration, immunity, impunity, liberation, pardon, payment (act of paying), release, remission, remittance, respite (reprieve), satisfaction (discharge of debt), waiver

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


acquittal
a decision of a court that a defendant prosecuted for a criminal offence is not guilty. Also describes the Scottish verdict of not proven.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


acquittal
A decision by a judge or jury that a defendant in a criminal case is not guilty of a crime. An acquittal is not a finding of innocence; it is simply a conclusion that the prosecution has not proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


acquittal
n.
1 In criminal law, the legal finding, by judge or jury, that an accused person is not guilty of the crime he is charged with. Once the acquittal is reached, the defendant may not be prosecuted again for the same criminal act or transaction.
2 In contract law, the release or discharge from a debt or other contractual obligation.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


acquittal
The legal and formal certification of the innocence of a person who has been charged with a crime.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


acquittal
I
The legal and formal certification of the innocence of a person who has been charged with a crime.
II A release, absolution, or discharge of an obligation or liability. In criminal law the finding of not guilty.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

acquittal
n.
   what an accused criminal defendant receives if he/she is found not guilty. It is a verdict (a judgment in a criminal case) of not guilty.
   See also: acquit

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Acquittal — Ac*quit tal, n. 1. The act of acquitting; discharge from debt or obligation; acquittance. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) A setting free, or deliverance from the charge of an offense, by verdict of a jury or sentence of a court. Bouvier. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • acquittal — (n.) early 15c., payment of debt or retribution; see ACQUIT (Cf. acquit) + AL (Cf. al) (2). Sense of a release from debt or obligation is from mid 15c.; that of freeing from charge or offense (by legal process) is from 1530s …   Etymology dictionary

  • acquittal — [n] declaration removing blame absolution, acquitting, amnesty, clearance, deliverance, discharge, discharging, dismissal, dismissing, exculpation, exemption, exoneration, freeing, letting off, liberation, pardon, release, releasing, relief from …   New thesaurus

  • acquittal — [ə kwit′ l] n. [ME aquital < Anglo Fr aquitaille: see ACQUIT] 1. an acquitting; discharge (of duty, obligation, etc.) 2. Law a setting free or being set free by judgment of the court …   English World dictionary

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  • acquittal — noun VERB + ACQUITTAL ▪ return (BrE), vote for (AmE) ▪ The jury returned an acquittal after only 22 minutes. ▪ She claimed she had been intimidated into voting for acquittal. ▪ direct (BrE) …   Collocations dictionary

  • Acquittal — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Acquittal >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 acquittal acquittal acquitment Sgm: N 1 clearance clearance exculpation Sgm: N 1 acquittance acquittance clearance exoneration Sgm: N 1 discharge discharge …   English dictionary for students

  • acquittal — /euh kwit l/, n. 1. the act of acquitting; discharge. 2. the state of being acquitted; release. 3. the discharge or settlement of a debt, obligation, etc. 4. Law. judicial deliverance from a criminal charge on a verdict or finding of not guilty.… …   Universalium

  • acquittal — n. (legal) to bring in an acquittal (the jury brought in an acquittal) * * * [ə kwɪtl] (legal) to bring in an acquittal (the jury brought in an acquittal) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • acquittal — [[t]əkwɪ̱t(ə)l[/t]] acquittals N VAR Acquittal is a formal declaration in a court of law that someone who has been accused of a crime is innocent. ...the acquittal of six police officers charged with the beating of an alleged drug dealer... The… …   English dictionary

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