- to free from guilt or blame or their consequences: The court absolved her of guilt in his death.
- to set free or release, as from some duty, obligation, or responsibility (usually followed by from): to be absolved from one's oath.
- to grant pardon for.
- to grant or pronounce remission of sins to.
- to remit (a sin) by absolution.
- to declare (censure, as excommunication) removed.
Origin of absolve
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1. exculpate, clear. 2. liberate, exempt. 3. excuse, forgive.
1. Absolve, acquit, exonerate all mean to free from blame. Absolve is a general word for this idea. To acquit is to release from a specific and usually formal accusation: The court must acquit the accused if there is not enough evidence of guilt. To exonerate is to consider a person clear of blame or consequences for an act (even when the act is admitted), or to justify the person for having done it: to be exonerated for a crime committed in self-defense.
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- (usually foll by from) to release from blame, sin, punishment, obligation, or responsibility
- to pronounce not guilty; acquit; pardon
C15: from Latin absolvere to free from, from ab- 1 + solvere to make loose
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Word Origin and History for absolvent
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