Definition of absolve
1 : to set (someone) free from an obligation or the consequences of guilt The jury absolved the defendants of their crimes. Her youth does not absolve her of responsibility for her actions.
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Examples of absolve in a Sentence
no amount of remorse will absolve shoplifters who are caught, and all cases will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law
Recent Examples of absolve from the Web
An additional 13 agents who were charged were absolved, according to the Chilean judiciary.
Pharmaceutical companies are often able, in court, to shift the blame to doctors who prescribed the pills, absolving themselves of responsibility.
None of this would absolve the charity from its obligations as an employer.
The idea is to provide developers with a layer of abstraction that absolves them of many server management chores, freeing them up to focus on writing code.
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The act of absolving can be seen as releasing someone from blame or sin, or "loosening" the hold that responsibility has on a person, which provides a hint about the word's origins. Absolve was adopted into Middle English in the 15th century from the Latin verb absolvere, formed by combining the prefix ab- ("from, away, off") with solvere, meaning "to loosen." (Absolve also once had additional senses of "finish, accomplish" and "to resolve or explain," but these are now obsolete.) Solvere is also the ancestor of the English words solve, dissolve, resolve, solvent, and solution.
Synonym Discussion of absolve
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Definition of absolve for Students
: to make free from guilt or responsibility He was absolved of wrongdoing.
Legal Definition of absolve
1 : to set free or release from some obligation or responsibility a judgment terminating a parent's rights…absolves that parent of all future support obligations — In re Bruce R., 662 A.2d 107 (1995)
2 : to determine to be free of fault, guilt, or liability a jury absolved the defendant of any negligence — Harbaugh v. Darr, 438 P.2d 74 (1968)
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