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absolve

[ab-zolv, -solv] /æbˈzɒlv, -ˈsɒlv/
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.
  1. to grant or pronounce remission of sins to.
  2. to remit (a sin) by absolution.
  3. to declare (censure, as excommunication) removed.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin absolvere, equivalent to ab- ab- + solvere to loosen; see solve
Related forms
absolvable, adjective
absolvent, adjective, noun
absolver, noun
unabsolved, adjective
Synonyms
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.
Antonyms
1. blame.
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absolve

/əbˈzɒlv/
verb (transitive)
1.
(usually foll by from) to release from blame, sin, punishment, obligation, or responsibility
2.
to pronounce not guilty; acquit; pardon
Derived Forms
absolvable, adjective
absolver, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin absolvere to free from, from ab-1 + solvere to make loose
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absolve

v.

early 15c., from Latin absolvere "set free, loosen, acquit," from ab- "from" (see ab-) + solvere "loosen" (see solve). Related: Absolved; absolving.

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