a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.;
"he kept finding excuses to stay"
"every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job"
"his transparent self-justification was unacceptable"
the act of freeing from guilt or blame
- Whatever I write would be an appeal to her, an attempt to exculpate myself, even though such exculpation is not really possible.
- exculpate 为某人开脱