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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: absolvere, from ab- 'away' + solvere 'to loosen'

absolve

verb
     
ab‧solve [transitive]
1 to say publicly that someone is not guilty or responsible for something
absolve somebody from/of something
He cannot be absolved of all responsibility for the accident.
2 [often passive] if someone is absolved by the Christian Church or a priest for something they have done wrong, they are formally forgiven

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