Absolve Definition

əb-zŏlv, -sŏlv
absolved, absolves, absolving
absolved, absolves, absolving
To pronounce clear of guilt or blame.
American Heritage
To pronounce free from guilt or blame; acquit.
Webster's New World
To relieve of a requirement or obligation.
American Heritage
To give religious absolution to.
Webster's New World
To grant a remission of sin to.
American Heritage

Origin of Absolve

  • First attested in the early 15th Century. From Middle English absolven, from Latin absolvere, present active infinitive of absolvō (“set free, acquit”), from ab (“away from”) + solvō (“loosen, free, release”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English absolven from Latin absolvere absolute

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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