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tr.v. ex·on·er·at·ed, ex·on·er·at·ing, ex·on·er·ates
1. To free from blame.
2. To free from a responsibility, obligation, or task.

[Middle English exoneraten, from Latin exonerāre, exonerāt-, to free from a burden : ex-, ex- + onus, oner-, burden.]

ex·on′er·a′tion n.
ex·on′er·a′tive adj.
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Adj.1.exonerative - providing absolutionexonerative - providing absolution      
exculpatory - clearing of guilt or blame
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The "past exonerative tense," as it has been dubbed, is a reliable sign of the absence of a sense of responsibility (Broder 2007).
1, consist of part of manifolds (TL1, TL2), from the part pipelines composite of the lower cooling (FP), medium (FM) and on top (FS), from exonerative pipes (TSH1, TSH2) and steam cylinder-separator (CS).
There could be no serious dispute that a single attacker had committed the crime and that, therefore, the lack of a match had enormous, if not decisive, exonerative effect.