absolve

[ab-zolv, -solv]
verb (used with object), absolved, absolving.
1.
to free from guilt or blame or their consequences: The court absolved her of guilt in his death.
2.
to set free or release, as from some duty, obligation, or responsibility (usually followed by from ): to be absolved from one's oath.
3.
to grant pardon for.
4.
Ecclesiastical.
a.
to grant or pronounce remission of sins to.
b.
to remit (a sin) by absolution.
c.
to declare (censure, as excommunication) removed.

Origin:
1525–35; < Latin absolvere, equivalent to ab- ab- + solvere to loosen; see solve

absolvable, adjective
absolvent, adjective, noun
absolver, noun
unabsolved, adjective


1. exculpate, clear. 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. 2. liberate, exempt. 3. excuse, forgive.


1. blame.
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absolve (əbˈzɒlv)
 
vb
1.  (usually foll by from) to release from blame, sin, punishment, obligation, or responsibility
2.  to pronounce not guilty; acquit; pardon
 
[C15: from Latin absolvere to free from, from ab-1 + solvere to make loose]
 
ab'solvable
 
adj
 
ab'solver
 
n

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absolve
1530s, from L. absolvere "set free, loosen, acquit," from ab- "from" + solvere "loosen" (see solve).
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Example sentences
Rulers must not be suffered thus to absolve themselves of their solemn
  responsibility.
Most people, if given the opportunity, will jump at the chance to absolve
  themselves of responsibility for their actions.
Being polite doesn't absolve us of the duty to speak the truth.
Whether a citation is upheld or dismissed does not absolve you from
  responsibility in the accident.
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