Because new evidence had been discovered, Rick, the defendant was absolved of the criminal charge.2. To forgive someone; especially, for a religious or moral fault: Mary asked the priest to please absolve her of her sins.
3. To relieve a person of some kind of requirement or obligation: The court absolved Ernest of the responsibility of any further repayments of the loan.
At the board meeting that day, they agreed that they would be absolving the company of any charges of misdeeds.
Bert was absolved of having to pay his partner's debts.4. Etymology: from Latin ab-, "from" + solvere, "to loosen".