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Etymology

15th Century, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] absolvere (to set free, to absolve), from ab- + solvere (to loose).

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Verb

Infinitive
to absolve

Third person singular
absolv

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to absolve (third-person singular simple present absolv, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To set free, release or discharge (from obligations, debts, responsibility etc.).
    You will absolve a subject from his allegiance.

    • Halifax was absolved by a majority of fourteen.
  1. (transitive) To pronounce free from or give absolution for a penalty, blame, sin or guilt.
  2. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To pronounce free or give absolution from sin.
    • 1782, Edward Gibbon, History Of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire, volume VI,  

    • In his name I absolve your perjury and sanctify your arms.
  1. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To finish; to accomplish.
  2. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To resolve or explain.

    • We shall not absolve the doubt.

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