absolve


absolve
ab·solve /əb-'zälv, -'sälv/ vt ab·solved, ab·solv·ing
1: to set free or release from some obligation or responsibility
a judgment terminating a parent's rights...absolve s that parent of all future support obligationsIn 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 negligenceHarbaugh v. Darr, 438 P.2d 74 (1968)

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

absolve
I verb absolvere, acquit, adjudge innocent, clear, discharge, exculpate, excuse, exonerate, find not guilty, forgive, free, let off, liberare, liberate, pardon, prove innocent, prove not guilty, purgare, purge, release from imputation, remit, reprieve, set free, vindicate associated concepts: absolve of blame II index acquit, clear, condone, discharge (liberate), discharge (release from obligation), exculpate, excuse, exonerate, extenuate, forgive, free, justify, palliate (excuse), purge (wipe out by atonement), quit (free of), redeem (satisfy debts), remit (release from penalty), vindicate

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


absolve
v.
1 To forgive misconduct.
2 To free from guilt or suspicion; for example, when evidence proves that a suspect is innocent of a crime.
3 To free from the penalties imposed as a result of misconduct.
4 To free from a debt, duty, obligation, or responsibility.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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  • Absolve — Ab*solve (#; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Absolved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Absolving}.] [L. absolvere to set free, to absolve; ab + solvere to loose. See {Assoil}, {Solve}.] 1. To set free, or release, as from some obligation, debt, or responsibility,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • absolve — 1. Pronunciation is now normally with z , not s . 2. The usual construction is with a direct object, or in the passive, followed by of or from: • It absolved him of all responsibility L. A. G. Strong, 1948 • Absolve me from all spot of sin James… …   Modern English usage

  • absolve — [ab zälv′, absälv′, abzôlv′, absôlv′; əbzälv′, əb sälv, əbzôlv′, əbsôlv′] vt. absolved, absolving [ME absolven < L absolvere, to loosen from < ab , from + solvere: see SOLVE] 1. to pronounce free from guilt or blame; acquit 2. a) to give… …   English World dictionary

  • absolve — (v.) early 15c., from L. absolvere set free, loosen, acquit, from ab from (see AB (Cf. ab )) + solvere loosen (see SOLVE (Cf. solve)). Related: Absolved; absolving …   Etymology dictionary

  • absolve — exonerate, acquit, *exculpate, vindicate Analogous words: pardon, forgive, remit (see EXCUSE): release, *free, discharge Antonyms: hold (to a promise, an obligation): charge (with a sin, the blame, the responsibility) Contrasted words: blame (see …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • absolve — [v] free from responsibility, duty acquit, bleach, blink at, clear, discharge, exculpate, excuse, exempt, exonerate, forgive, free, go easy on, launder*, let off*, let off easy*, let off the hook*, let up on*, liberate, lifeboat*, loose, pardon,… …   New thesaurus

  • absolve — ► VERB 1) declare (someone) free from guilt or responsibility. 2) give absolution for (a sin). ORIGIN Latin absolvere set free, acquit …   English terms dictionary

  • absolve — verb 1) this fact does not absolve you from responsibility Syn: exonerate, discharge, acquit, vindicate; release, relieve, liberate, free, deliver, clear, exempt, let off; formal exculpate Ant: blame …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • absolve — UK [əbˈzɒlv] / US [əbˈzɑlv] verb [transitive] Word forms absolve : present tense I/you/we/they absolve he/she/it absolves present participle absolving past tense absolved past participle absolved 1) formal to state officially that someone is free …   English dictionary

  • absolve — absolvable, adj. absolvent, adj., n. absolver, n. /ab zolv , solv /, v.t., absolved, absolving. 1. to free from guilt or blame or their consequences: The court absolved her of guilt in his death. 2. to set free or release, as from some duty,… …   Universalium


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