- The form of words by which a penitent is absolved. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
- (obsolete) Delivery, in speech.
- Forgiveness of sins, in a general sense. [First attested around 1150 to 1350.]
- (civil law, obsolete) An acquittal, or sentence of a judge declaring an accused person innocent. [First attested in the early 17th century.]
- (ecclesiastical) An absolving of sins from ecclesiastical penalties by an authority. [First attested around 1150 to 1350.]
- An absolving, or setting free from guilt, sin, or penalty; forgiveness of an offense. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
"Government ... granting absolution to the nation."