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 (əb-zŏlv′, -sŏlv′)
tr.v. ab·solved, ab·solv·ing, ab·solves
1. To pronounce clear of guilt or blame.
2. To relieve of a requirement or obligation.
a. To grant a remission of sin to.
b. To pardon or remit (a sin).

[Middle English absolven, from Latin absolvere; see absolute.]

ab·solv′a·ble adj.
ab·solv′er n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.absolved - freed from any question of guiltabsolved - freed from any question of guilt; "is absolved from all blame"; "was now clear of the charge of cowardice"; "his official honor is vindicated"
clean-handed, guiltless, innocent - free from evil or guilt; "an innocent child"; "the principle that one is innocent until proved guilty"
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References in classic literature ?
I then made my appearance on the rock, for the time too was passed; though I even think father Ignatius would have absolved me from the vow, on account of the treachery of my keepers."
"If he had not," muttered the youth between his compressed teeth, "I would have absolved him for ever from his spiritual care of your conscience!"
--For in laughter is all evil present, but it is sanctified and absolved by its own bliss:--
First of all, let me tell you that poor Gorshkov has been entirely absolved of guilt.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.
She confessed to him, and he absolved her from her sins.
He told how, long since in Palestine, a deadly feud arose between the tribe of Benjamin and the rest of the Israelitish nation; and how they cut to pieces wellnigh all the chivalry of that tribe; and how they swore by our blessed Lady, that they would not permit those who remained to marry in their lineage; and how they became grieved for their vow, and sent to consult his holiness the Pope how they might be absolved from it; and how, by the advice of the Holy Father, the youth of the tribe of Benjamin carried off from a superb tournament all the ladies who were there present, and thus won them wives without the consent either of their brides or their brides' families.''
Think of those pure eyes looking at a man who has been accus ed (and never wholly absolved) of the foulest and the vilest of all murders, and then think of what that man must feel if he have any heart and any sense of shame left in him.
"If all the world hated you, and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved you, and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends."
Alejano also said the fishermen who would assist them in their trip should be absolved from any liability.
According to the details, the court absolved the accused Mashooq Mallah of the charges of murder due to want to evidence.
ISLAMABAD -- An accountability court of Islamabad on Tuesday absolved a former director of the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) in a reference related to illegal appointments, misuse of authority and misappropriation of funds.