English noun: exculpation
|1.||exculpation (communication) a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.|
|Samples||He kept finding excuses to stay.|
Every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job.
His transparent self-justification was unacceptable.
|Synonyms||alibi, 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|