- An absolving, or setting free from guilt, sin, or penalty; forgiveness of an offense.
- An acquittal, or sentence of a judge declaring and accused person innocent.
- The exercise of priestly jurisdiction in the sacrament of penance, by which Catholics believe the sins of the truly penitent are forgiven.
- An absolving from ecclesiastical penalties, -- for example, excommunication.
- The form of words by which a penitent is absolved.
- Delivery, in speech.