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EXON'ERATE, verb transitive egzon'erate. [Latin exonero; ex and onero, to load, onus, a load.]

1. To unload; to disburden.

The vessels exonerate themselves into a common duct.

But more generally, in a figurative sense.

2. To cast off, as a charge or as blame resting on one; to clear of something that lies upon the character as an imputation; as, to exonerate one's self from blame, or from the charge of avarice.

3. To cast off, as an obligation, debt or duty; to discharge of responsibility or liability; as, a surety exonerates himself by producing a man in court.