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English noun: exculpation

1. exculpation (communication) a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.

SamplesHe kept finding excuses to stay.
Every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job.
His transparent self-justification was unacceptable.

Synonymsalibi, excuse, self-justification

Broader (hypernym)defence, defense, vindication

Narrower (hyponym)extenuation, mitigation

2. exculpation (act) the act of freeing from guilt or blame

Broader (hypernym)forgiveness, pardon

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