• (RP) IPA: /æb.səˈljuː.ʃn̩/
  • (America) IPA: /ˌæb.səˈl(j)u.ʃn̩/


  1. (ecclesiastical) An absolving of sins from ecclesiastical penalties by an authority. [First attested around 1150 to 1350.]
  2. Forgiveness of sins, in a general sense. [First attested around 1150 to 1350.]
  3. The form of words by which a penitent is absolved. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
  4. 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.
  5. (civil legal, obsolete) An acquittal, or sentence of a judge declaring an accused person innocent. [First attested in the early 17th century.]
  6. (obsolete) Delivery, in speech.
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