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Absolu'tion. n.s. [absolutio, Lat.]

  1. Acquittal.

    Absolution, in the civil law, imports a full acquittal of a person by some final sentence of law; also, a temporary discharge of his farther attendance upon a mesne process, through a failure or defect in pleading; as it does likewise in the canon law, where, and among divines, it likewise signifies a relaxation of him from the obligation of some sentence pronounced either in a court of law, or else in foro pænitentiali. Thus there is, in this kind of law, one kind of absolution, termed judicial, and another, stiled a declaratory or extrajudicial absolution. Ayliffe's Parergon Juris Canonici.

  2. The remission of sins, or penance, declared by ecclesiastical authority.

    The absolution pronounced by a priest, whether papist or protestant, is not a certain infallible ground to give the person, so absolved, confidence towards God. South's Sermons.

Sources: Ayliffe, John (43) · South, Robert (158)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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