Conduct vs Acquit - What's the difference?

conduct | acquit |

As verbs the difference between conduct and acquit

is that conduct is (archaic|transitive) to lead, or guide; to escort while acquit is to declare or find not guilty; innocent or acquit can be (archaic) past participle of acquit , set free, rid of.

As a noun conduct

is the act or method of controlling or directing.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • The act or method of controlling or directing
  • * 1785 , (William Paley), The Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy
  • There are other restrictions imposed upon the conduct of war, not by the law of nature primarily, but by the laws of war first, and by the law of nature as seconding and ratifying the laws of war.
  • * Ld. Brougham
  • the conduct of the state, the administration of its affairs
  • Skillful guidance or management; generalship.
  • Conduct of armies is a prince's art. - .
  • * Robertson
  • with great impetuosity, but with so little conduct , that his forces were totally routed.
  • The manner of guiding or carrying oneself; personal deportment; mode of action; behavior.
  • Good conduct''' will be rewarded and likewise poor '''conduct will be punished.
  • * Macaulay
  • All these difficulties were increased by the conduct of Shrewsbury.
  • * Dryden
  • What in the conduct of our life appears / So well designed, so luckily begun, / But when we have our wish, we wish undone?
  • (of a literary work) Plot; action; construction; manner of development.
  • * Macaulay
  • the book of Job, in conduct and diction
  • (obsolete) Convoy; escort; guard; guide.
  • * Ben Jonson
  • I will be your conduct .
  • * Shakespeare
  • In my conduct shall your ladies come.
  • That which carries or conveys anything; a channel; a conduit; an instrument.
  • * Shakespeare
  • although thou hast been conduct of my chame


    * (act or method of controlling or directing ) control, guidance, management * (manner of guiding or carrying one's self ): bearing, behavior/behaviour, deportment, demeanor/demeanour, * (plot of a literary work) action, plot, storyline


    (en verb)
  • (archaic) To lead, or guide; to escort.
  • * 1634 , (John Milton),
  • I can conduct you, lady, to a low / But loyal cottage, where you may be safe.
  • To lead, as a commander; to direct; to manage; to carry on.
  • to conduct the affairs of a kingdom
  • *
  • Little skilled in the art of conducting a siege.
  • (reflexively to conduct oneself ) To behave.
  • He conducted himself well.
  • To serve as a medium for conveying; to transmit, as heat, light, electricity, etc.
  • * {{quote-news
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  • (music) To direct, as the leader in the performance of a musical composition.
  • * 2006 , Michael R. Waters with Mark Long and William Dickens, Lone Star Stalag: German Prisoners of War at Camp Hearne
  • For a while, Walter Pohlmann, a well-known German conductor, conducted' the orchestra in Compound 3. Later, Willi Mets, who had '''conducted''' the world-renowned Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, ' conducted the Compound 3 orchestra.
  • To act as a conductor (as of heat, electricity, etc.); to carry.
  • To carry out (something organized)
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    * (lead or guide) accompany, escort, guide, lead, steer, belead * (direct) direct, lead, manage, oversee, run, supervise, belead * act, behave, carry on * (to serve as a medium for conveying) carry, convey, transmit


    * English heteronyms



    Alternative forms

    * acquite (archaic)


  • To declare or find not guilty; innocent.
  • * '>citation
  • To set free, release or discharge from an obligation, duty, liability, burden, or from an accusation or charge.
  • The jury acquitted the prisoner ''of'' the charge.
  • * 1775 , , The Duenna
  • His poverty, can you acquit him of that?
  • * 1837 , , “Lord Bacon” in The Edinburgh Review , July 1837
  • If he [Bacon] was convicted, it was because it was impossible to acquit him without offering the grossest outrage to justice and common sense.
  • (obsolete, rare) To pay for; to atone for
  • * , line 1071
  • Till life to death acquit my forced offence.
  • To discharge, as a claim or debt; to clear off; to pay off; to requite, to fulfill.
  • * , 1200
  • Aquyte him wel, for goddes love,’ quod he;
  • * 1640 , , Tasso
  • Midst foes (as champion of the faith) he ment / That palme or cypress should his painees acquite .
  • * 1836 , , Orations I-382
  • I admit it to be not so much the duty as the privilege of an American citizen to acquit this obligation to the memory of his fathers with discretion and generosity.
  • * 1844 , ” in Essays: second series
  • We see young men who owe us a new world, so readily and lavishly they promise, but they never acquit the debt; they die young and dodge the account: or if they live, they lose themselves in the crowd.
  • (reflexive) To clear one’s self.
  • * , III-ii
  • Pray God he may acquit him of suspicion!
  • (reflexive) To bear or conduct one’s self; to perform one’s part.
  • The soldier acquitted himself well in battle.
    The orator acquitted himself very poorly.
  • * November 2 2014 , Daniel Taylor, " Sergio Agüero strike wins derby for Manchester City against 10-man United,"
  • Van Gaal responded by replacing Adnan Januzaj with Carrick and, in fairness, the emergency centre-half did exceedingly well given that he has not played since May. McNair also acquitted himself well after Rojo was injured sliding into a challenge with Martín Demichelis
  • * 1766 , , The vicar of Wakefield , xiv
  • Though this was one of the first mercantile transactions of my life, yet I had no doubt about acquitting myself with reputation.
  • (obsolete) To release, set free, rescue.
  • * , I-vii-52
  • Till I have acquit your captive Knight.
  • (archaic)
  • * , I-iii
  • I am glad I am so acquit of this tinder box.


    * absolve * clear * exonerate * innocent * exculpate * release * discharge

    Derived terms

    * acquital, acquittal


    * (to declare innocent) condemn, convict