Verb absolve Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


absolve (third-person singular simple present absolves, present participle absolving, simple past and past participle absolved)

  1. (transitive) To set free, release or discharge (from obligations, debts, responsibility etc.). [1]
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To resolve; to explain; to solve. [1]
  3. (transitive) To pronounce free from or give absolution for a penalty, blame, or guilt. [1]
  4. (transitive, law) To pronounce not guilty; to grant a pardon for. [1]
  5. (transitive, theology) To grant a remission of sin; to give absolution to. [1]
  6. (transitive, theology) To remit a sin; to give absolution for a sin. [1]
  7. (transitive, obsolete) To finish; to accomplish. [1]
  8. (transitive) To pass a course or test; to gain credit for a class; to qualify academically.

More definition: free from guilt or blame or their consequences, The court absolved her of guilt in his death. set free or release, as from some duty, obligation, or responsibility (usually followed by from), to be absolved from one's oath. grant pardon for.

4.Ecclesiastical. to grant or pronounce remission of sins to. to remit (a sin) by absolution. to declare (censure, as excommunication) removed.

1. (usually foll by from) to release from blame, sin, punishment, obligation, or responsibility

2. to pronounce not guilty; acquit; pardon Derived Formsabsolvable, adjectiveabsolver, noun Word OriginC15, from Latin absolvere to free from, from ab-1 + solvere to make looseCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
early 15c., from Latin absolvere "set free, loosen, acquit," from ab- "from" (see ab-) + solvere "loosen" (see solve). Related, Absolved; absolving.


He pushed the door further but hesitated entering, as if remaining outside would somehow absolve him of responsibility for what lay beyond.

"That still doesn't absolve me from feeling like a bastard," Dean muttered.

Reports, 625) decided unanimously that nothing could absolve the state from its obligation.

In penance, of the formula " I absolve thee "; in the Eucharist, of the words " This is my body " and " This is the cup of my blood " or " This is my blood "; in confirmation, of the words " I sign thee with sign of the cross and confirm thee with chrism of salvation in name of Father and Son and Holy Spirit "; in baptism, of the words " I baptize thee in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit (or among the Greeks " N.

1-9) were written to absolve Solomon, and there is little probability in the story that Adonijah after his pardon really requested the hand of Abishag (ii.

Of the three forms of absolution in the Anglican Prayer Book, that in the Visitation of the Sick (disused in the church of Ireland by decision of the Synods of 187r and 1877) runs "I absolve thee," tracing the authority so to act through the church up to Christ: the form in the Communion Service is precative, while that in Morning and Evening Prayer is indicative indeed, but so general as not to imply anything like a judicial decree of absolution.

In 1288 Nicholas empowered him to absolve the people of Genoa for their offence in aiding the Sicilians against Charles II.

Failure to sign the time sheet does not absolve the client's obligation to pay the charges for the hours worked.

He could be absolved of murder, if he killed a man during archery practice!

He will be absolved of any crimes he ever committed.

It was a way to absolve responsibility, not an attempt to solve a problem.

The company states this quite plainly in their replies, thereby they have a way to absolve themselves of any potential comeback.

The owner was absolved from the responsibility of paying for major repairs.

The team was absolved from blame on the first half goal.

To absolve a company of blame for shipping bogus code is wrong.

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