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Absolve Meaning & Definition
Absolve Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Absolve?

[v] let off the hook; "I absolve you from this responsibility"
[v] grant remission of a sin to; "The priest absolved him and told him to say ten Hail Mary's"

Synonyms | Synonyms for Absolve: free | justify

Related Terms | Find terms related to Absolve: acquit | administer absolution | administer extreme unction | amnesty | cancel | clear | confess | declare a moratorium | decontaminate | destigmatize | discharge | dismiss | dispense | dispense from | dispense with | except | exculpate | excuse | exempt | exempt from | exonerate | forgive | free | give absolution | give dispensation from | grant amnesty to | grant forgiveness | grant immunity | grant remission | hear confession | justify | let go | let off | make confession | nonpros | nullify | obliterate | pardon | purge | quash the charge | receive absolution | release | relieve | remise | remit | save the necessity | set free | shrive | spare | vindicate | whitewash | wipe out | withdraw the charge | write off

See Also | excuse | exempt | forgive | let off | relieve | wash one's hands

Absolve In Webster's Dictionary

\Ab*solve"\ (#; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Absolved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Absolving}.] [L. absolvere to set free, to absolve; ab + solvere to loose. See {Assoil}, {Solve}.] 1. To set free, or release, as from some obligation, debt, or responsibility, or from the consequences of guilt or such ties as it would be sin or guilt to violate; to pronounce free; as, to absolve a subject from his allegiance; to absolve an offender, which amounts to an acquittal and remission of his punishment. Halifax was absolved by a majority of fourteen. --Macaulay. 2. To free from a penalty; to pardon; to remit (a sin); -- said of the sin or guilt. In his name I absolve your perjury. --Gibbon. 3. To finish; to accomplish. [Obs.] The work begun, how soon absolved. --Milton. 4. To resolve or explain. [Obs.] ``We shall not absolve the doubt.'' --Sir T. Browne. Syn: To {Absolve}, {Exonerate}, {Acquit}. Usage: We speak of a man as absolved from something that binds his conscience, or involves the charge of wrongdoing; as, to absolve from allegiance or from the obligation of an oath, or a promise. We speak of a person as exonerated, when he is released from some burden which had rested upon him; as, to exonerate from suspicion, to exonerate from blame or odium. It implies a purely moral acquittal. We speak of a person as acquitted, when a decision has been made in his favor with reference to a specific charge, either by a jury or by disinterested persons; as, he was acquitted of all participation in the crime.

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