What does the word acquittal mean?

Usage examples for acquittal

  1. Owing their origin to certain demonstrations of hostility towards England made by the French army after Orsini's conspiracy and the acquittal of one of his confederates in London, the Volunteer Forces rose in the three months that followed the annexation of Nice and Savoy from seventy to a hundred and eighty thousand men. – History of Modern Europe 1792-1878 by C. A. Fyffe
  2. With the exception of some very few, all those who had known Phineas were anxious for an acquittal, though they could not bring themselves to believe that an innocent man had been put in peril of his life. – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope