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vb. To set free from a duty or from blame. To acquit. To release from an obligation or responsibility. To set free, or release, as from some obligation, debt, or responsibility, or from the consequences of guilt or such ties as it would be sin or guilt to violate; to pronounce free; as, to absolve a subject from his allegiance; to absolve an offender, which amounts to an acquittal and remission of his punishment. To free from a penalty; to pardon; to remit (a sin); - said of the sin or guilt. To finish; to accomplish. To resolve or explain. 


Syn. - To Absolve, Exonerate, Acquit. We speak of a man as absolved from something that binds his conscience, or involves the charge of wrongdoing; as, to absolve from allegiance or from the obligation of an oath, or a promise. We speak of a person as exonerated, when he is released from some burden which had rested upon him; as, to exonerate from suspicion, to exonerate from blame or odium. It implies a purely moral acquittal.- We speak of a person as acquitted, when a decision has been made in his favor with reference to ...

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