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  • Exonerative — Ex*on er*a*tive, a. Freeing from a burden or obligation; tending to exonerate. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • exonerative — adjective see exonerate …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • exonerative — See exoneration. * * * …   Universalium

  • exonerative — adj. vindicative, serving to free one from guilt or blame …   English contemporary dictionary

  • exonerative — adjective providing absolution • Syn: ↑absolvitory, ↑forgiving • Similar to: ↑exculpatory • Derivationally related forms: ↑forgivingness (for: ↑forgiving) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Past exonerative — The past exonerative tense is a witticism coined by William Schneider of the New York Times to describe the rhetorical tactic of speaking in the passive voice in order to distance oneself from blame. The tactic is most famous for being invoked by …   Wikipedia

  • absolvitory — adjective providing absolution • Syn: ↑exonerative, ↑forgiving • Similar to: ↑exculpatory • Derivationally related forms: ↑forgivingness (for: ↑forgiving …   Useful english dictionary

  • exonerate — transitive verb ( ated; ating) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin exoneratus, past participle of exonerare to unburden, from ex + oner , onus load Date: 1524 1. to relieve of a responsibility, obligation, or hardship 2. to clear from… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Non-apology apology — Mistakes were made redirects here. For the psychology book, see Mistakes were made (but not by me). A non apology apology is a statement in the form of an apology that is nothing of the sort, a common gambit in politics and public relations. It… …   Wikipedia

  • Fritz Moen — Fritz Yngvar Moen, born December 17, 1941 died March 28, 2005, was a Norwegian wrongfully convicted for two distinct felony murders, serving a total of 18 years in prison. After the overturn of the conviction an official inquiry was instigated to …   Wikipedia

  • Mistakes were made — is an expression that is commonly used as a rhetorical device, whereby a speaker acknowledges that a situation was handled poorly or inappropriately but seeks to evade any direct admission or accusation of responsibility by using the passive… …   Wikipedia

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