absolve[ab zälv′, -sälv′, -zôlv′, -sôlv′; əb-]
- The definition of absolve is to be forgiven for your sins or to be set free of all of the legal or moral consequences of your actions.
An example of absolve is when a priest hears confession and tells the confessor that God has forgiven him.
transitive verbab·solved, ab·solv·ing, ab·solves
- To pronounce clear of guilt or blame.
- To relieve of a requirement or obligation.
- a. To grant a remission of sin to.b. To pardon or remit (a sin).
Origin of absolveMiddle English absolven, from Latin absolvere; see absolute.
(third-person singular simple present absolves, present participle absolving, simple past and past participle absolved)
- To set free, release or discharge (from obligations, debts, responsibility etc.). [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
- You will absolve a subject from his allegiance.
- To pronounce free from or give absolution for a penalty, blame, or guilt. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
- (law) To pronounce not guilty; to grant a pardon for. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
- (theology) To grant a remission of sin; to give absolution to. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
- (theology) To remit a sin; to give absolution for a sin. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
- To pass a course or test; to gain credit for a class; to qualify academically.
- (to set free, release from obligations): Normally followed by the word from.
- (to pronounce free from; give absolution for blame): Normally followed by the word from.
absolve - Legal Definition
- To forgive misconduct.
- To free from guilt or suspicion; for example, when evidence proves that a suspect is innocent of a crime.
- To free from the penalties imposed as a result of misconduct.
- To free from a debt, duty, obligation, or responsibility.