A provision in a contract under which either of two things is stipulated: (1) one party is relieved of any blame or liability arising from the other party's wrongdoing, or (2) one party (usually the one that drafted the agreement) is freed of all liability arising out of performance of that contract.
An example of an exculpatory clause is a dry cleaner's receipt that includes a disclaimer freeing him or her from any liability for damage to the item to be cleaned during the dry cleaning process. An exculpatory clause may be overruled by courts if found to be unreasonable in the circumstances. See also exclusion clause, exemption clause, and indemnity clause.
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I figured out the exculpatory clause and I was really happy to find out that they would be relieved of any blame.
Stephen wanted to sue the valet parking company for the damage to his car, but the ticket he had been given contained an exculpatory clause which seemed to relieve them of all liability.
Due to the exculpatory clause in his contract, Rich was able to stipulate that he was not liable for any or all damage to his office furniture while he worked at Anger Management, Incorporated.