- 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.
absolve definition by Webster's New World
absolve definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb ab·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: Middle English absolven, from Latin absolvere; see absolute.
- ab·solvˈa·ble adjective
- ab·solvˈer noun
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.