the act of ; discharge.
the state of being ; release.
the discharge or settlement of a debt, obligation, etc.
Law. judicial deliverance from a criminal charge on a verdict or finding of not guilty.
Contemporary Examples

The acquittal of her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito was also thrown out.
Amanda Knox’s Acquittal Overturned: What’s Next? Barbie Latza Nadeau March 25, 2013

Sharpton stated: “The acquittal of George Zimmerman is a slap in the face to the American people.”
George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty; Looks Forward to ‘Getting His Life Back’ Jacqui Goddard July 13, 2013

Following his acquittal, Donovan famously asked, “Where do I go to get my reputation back?”
Give Ted Stevens His Seat Back Matt Mackowiak April 16, 2009

acquittal is possible if the accused can sell the jury a plausible alternative narrative—what I like to call the P.A.N.
“The Blood Sporting of Picking Off CEOs” Eric Dezenhall October 4, 2008

What is clear is that the acquittal was cause for celebration in Kingston.
Jamaica’s Murderous Drug Lord Constantino Diaz-Duran May 27, 2010

Historical Examples

I will not owe my acquittal of this foul charge to any trick of lawyer-craft.
Recollections of a Policeman William Russell (aka Thomas Waters)

Rotha dwelt but little on the chances of an innocent man’s acquittal.
The Shadow of a Crime Hall Caine

Clearly, Jack knew all about the bills, and had given up all hope of acquittal.
Geoffrey Hampstead Thomas Stinson Jarvis

It is upon this we ground our hope, our certainty, of an acquittal.
Tom Burke Of “Ours”, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever

If in criminals it be a measuring cast, to incline to mercy and acquittal.
The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 20, Issue 572, October 20, 1832 Various

(criminal law) the deliverance and release of a person appearing before a court on a charge of crime, as by a finding of not guilty
a discharge or release from an obligation, duty, debt, etc

early 15c., “payment of debt or retribution;” see acquit + -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.

The judgment of a court that a person charged with a crime is not guilty.


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