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The word “assoilzie” is an old English term that means to pardon or absolve someone of their sins or guilt, particularly in a religious context. It is usually linked with the forgiveness given during the sacrament of confession or as part of a religious ceremony.

The term “assoilzie” in legal context refers to the absolution or acquittal of a person accused of a crime or wrongdoing. This term was more commonly used in medieval and early modern legal systems, particularly in Scotland. It was associated with a formal declaration of innocence or the clearing of charges against an individual.

For example, after a comprehensive examination of the evidence and testimonies in the medieval court, the accused was found not guilty. The judge then proceeded to assoilzie the defendant, declaring them absolved of all charges. As a result, the accused left the courtroom as a free person.”

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