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[n] the act of absolving or remitting; formal redemption as pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance
[n] the condition of being formally forgiven by a priest in the sacrament of penance

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\Ab`so*lu"tion\, n. [F. absolution, L. absolutio, fr. absolvere to absolve. See {Absolve}.]
1. An absolving, or setting free from guilt, sin, or penalty; forgiveness of an offense. ``Government . . . granting absolution to the nation.'' --Froude.
2. (Civil Law) An acquittal, or sentence of a judge declaring and accused person innocent. [Obs.]
3. (R. C. Ch.) The exercise of priestly jurisdiction in the sacrament of penance, by which Catholics believe the sins of the truly penitent are forgiven. Note: In the English and other Protestant churches, this act regarded as simply declaratory, not as imparting forgiveness.
4. (Eccl.) An absolving from ecclesiastical penalties, -- for example, excommunication. --P. Cyc.
5. The form of words by which a penitent is absolved. --Shipley.
6. Delivery, in speech. [Obs.] --B. Jonson. {Absolution day} (R. C. Ch.), Tuesday before Easter.

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