absolve, verb transitive

Origin:
See absolution.
Law
In full absolve (someone) from the instance.
To grant (a defendant) provisional acquittal, pending a possible re-institution of proceedings.
1844 Graham’s Town Jrnl 10 Oct. 3Defendants absolved from the instance with costs, — subject to review by the Supreme Court.
1982 A.P. Brink Chain of Voices 521The Court consequently absolves the 10th prisoner Pamela from this instance.
1990 E. Prov. Herald 9 Feb. 1The couple were absolved from the instance by the magistrate at the end of evidence by members of the congregation.
To grant (a defendant) provisional acquittal, pending a possible re-institution of proceedings.
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