Adjective "acquitted" definition and examples

(Acquitted may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/əˈkwɪt/

Definitions and examples

verb

Free (someone) from a criminal charge by a verdict of not guilty.
  1. 'the jury acquitted Bream of murder'
  2. 'Smith was acquitted of an affray charge and told to pay her fine at £10 a week.'
  3. 'But again, we are giving far greater credence to that idea every time a jury acquits another guilty man.'
  4. 'If you think that, because he was so drunk, he did not intend or may not have intended to kill or cause grievous bodily harm, then you must acquit him.'
  5. 'Nine months after his conviction, however, an appeals judge acquitted him of all charges.'
  6. 'I am reminded by our learned friends that he was acquitted of the offences.'
  7. 'The fact that you have not had a fair trial is irrelevant if you are acquitted.'
  8. 'In such event they might have acquitted him of murder, though finding him guilty of assisting the offender.'
  9. 'On four of the seven charges he was acquitted; on the other three the jury was unable to agree.'
  10. 'One of those cases saw him being acquitted of suborning perjury in a case involving an animal rights terrorist.'
  11. 'A multi-ethnic jury acquits all officers charged in the shooting.'
Conduct oneself or perform in a specified way.
  1. 'I'm relatively sure that I can acquit myself well in an interview as well - but my performance in that interview is less important to me at the moment than getting to it.'
  2. 'Nonetheless, Martha, I feel that the grace with which you have acquitted yourself throughout this entire situation demonstrates the ample strength of your character.'
  3. 'Of the performances, she acquits herself well in the lead role, but too many of the other performers feel under-used.'
  4. 'But with the eyes of the crowd, not to mention several million television viewers, trained on her performance, Tabb acquitted herself well - slight teething problems notwithstanding.'
  5. 'Gearing up for the season ending play-offs, the trip gave enough reassurance of the strength in depth at the Club with both newcomers acquitting themselves with distinction.'
  6. 'All performers acquitted themselves with considerable talent and enthusiasm and seemed to genuinely enjoy their roles.'
  7. 'Unlike the usual heroine, she has been given enough scope to perform and she acquits herself well.'
  8. 'There were some fine individual performances in the match with all the team acquitting themselves very well even though some were only making their championship debut.'
  9. 'He acquits himself well as director, and coaxes excellent performances from the adults.'
  10. 'She performs a solo of impossible postures, in which she acquits herself with aplomb, but which leaves the spectator's mind and muscles tensed to the point of spasm.'
  11. 'they acquitted themselves of their charge with vigilance'
  12. 'The administration will finally have acquitted itself of the charge of failing to admit its mistakes, but at a terrible price.'
  13. 'Together with Aleksandrov he acquitted himself of this task.'

More definitions

1. to relieve from a charge of fault or crime; declare not guilty: They acquitted him of the crime. The jury acquitted her, but I still think she's guilty.

2. to release or discharge (a person) from an obligation.

3. to settle or satisfy (a debt, obligation, claim, etc.).

4. to bear or conduct (oneself); behave: He acquitted himself well in battle.

5. to free or clear (oneself): He acquitted himself of suspicion.

More examples(as adjective)

"compellings can be acquitted of murders."

"defendants can be acquitted."

"years can be acquitted."

"weeks can be acquitted."

"others can be acquitted."

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Origin

(acquit)Middle English (originally in the sense ‘pay a debt, discharge a liability’): from Old French acquiter, from medieval Latin acquitare ‘pay a debt’, from ad- ‘to’ + quitare ‘set free’.