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.
- ab·solv·a·ble, adjective
- ab·sol·vent, adjective, noun
- ab·solv·er, noun
- un·ab·solved, adjective
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How to use absolve in a sentence
What actually absolves the Palestinians of responsibility is the growth of Israeli settlements.
Predictably each version absolves him of any responsibility for the decision to place Paul at the wheel.Princess Diana’s 50th Birthday: The ‘Unanswered Questions’ | Martyn Gregory | July 1, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
A calmer eyewitness quite absolves the Bude men from all blame—to render more help had been impossible.The Cornwall Coast | Arthur L. Salmon
He very distinctly absolves Hume from any connexion with the fictitious letter of the King of Prussia.Life and Correspondence of David Hume, Volume II (of 2) | John Hill Burton
This method affords a refuge to all strays in your possession, and absolves you from any evil intent.Wells Brothers | Andy Adams
British Dictionary definitions for absolve
(usually foll by from) to release from blame, sin, punishment, obligation, or responsibility
to pronounce not guilty; acquit; pardon
- absolvable, adjective
- absolver, noun
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