verb ab·solve \əb-ˈzälv, -ˈsälv, -ˈzlv, -ˈslv also without l\

: to make (someone) free from guilt, responsibility, etc.

: to give forgiveness to (someone who has sinned) or for (a sin)


Full Definition of ABSOLVE

transitive verb
:  to set free from an obligation or the consequences of guilt
:  to remit (a sin) by absolution
ab·solv·er noun

Examples of ABSOLVE

  1. <no amount of remorse will absolve shoplifters who are caught, and all cases will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law>

Origin of ABSOLVE

Middle English, from Latin absolvere, from ab- + solvere to loosen — more at solve
First Known Use: 15th century


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