Definition of acquittal in English:

acquittal

noun

  • A judgement or verdict that a person is not guilty of the crime with which they have been charged.

    ‘the trial resulted in an acquittal’
    mass noun ‘the women felt their chances of acquittal were poor’
    • ‘If that is the case, my client was deprived of the chance of an acquittal on the murder count.’
    • ‘In the result therefore a verdict of acquittal was directed in respect of all charges against both accused.’
    • ‘By last year, the rate of jury acquittals had fallen to 15 percent.’
    • ‘The significance of these statements is tempered by the fact that 14 of the acquittals and 1 conviction were reversed and remanded for retrial, the results of which are unknown to us.’
    • ‘Any charge ever brought against him resulted in an acquittal.’
    • ‘The appellate court affirmed 51 acquittals and 19 findings of medical negligence by defendant physicians.’
    • ‘Routine acquittals of obviously guilty people would quickly breed contempt for the law.’
    • ‘I am therefore of the view that it is not appropriate to substitute a verdict of acquittal for the conviction.’
    • ‘On the first, if the appellant is right, he is entitled to an acquittal.’
    • ‘Now the choice is go to trial on a felony assault charge and hope for an acquittal or plead guilty to a misdemeanor.’
    • ‘The doctors were duly charged, but their acquittals established the legality of abortions in order to preserve mental health.’
    • ‘Only 14 cases actually went to trial, ultimately yielding ten plea bargains, two acquittals, and only two guilty verdicts.’
    • ‘If the court is not satisfied that D did what was alleged, an acquittal must follow.’
    • ‘Moreover the public interest may be as much involved in the circumstances of a remarkable acquittal as in a surprising conviction.’
    • ‘From his arrest until his acquittal at the Crown Court, the Applicant was on bail.’
    • ‘The motion for a directed verdict of acquittal on count two is dismissed.’
    • ‘Many acquittals are obtained in cases where the defense cannot offer jurors an alternative suspect for the crime.’
    • ‘For the above reasons, the appeal is dismissed and the acquittal of the Respondent is upheld.’
    • ‘A close precedent for an acquittal based on the denial of evidence already exists.’
    • ‘Many will balk at the suggestion that Megan's Law should be expanded to include warrants, dropped charges, and even acquittals.’
    absolution, clearing, exoneration, exculpation, declaration of innocence
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Pronunciation

acquittal

/əˈkwɪt(ə)l/