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Explanation: Absolver is an obsolete synonym of resolver (see nº 3)
Dicccionario de la Real Academia
Del lat. absolvere.
1. tr. Dar por libre de algún cargo u obligación.
2. Remitir a un penitente sus pecados en el tribunal de la confesión, o levantarle las censuras en que hubiere incurrido.
3. p. us. resolver, dar solución a una duda.
4. p. us. Cumplir alguna cosa, ejecutarla del todo.
5. Der. Declarar libre de culpa al acusado de un delito.
Mary Smith Local time: 03:21 Native speaker of: Spanish PRO pts in pair: 73
Explanation: In context, "The Committee's replies to questions submitted by the bidders."
It's customary in bidding competitions for the bidders to be given an opportunity to submit questions about the proposed project and/or the bidding procedure itself. The organization (often but not always a governmental or semi-governmental agency) then collects the questions and publishes explanatory answers, which are distributed to all of the bidders -- not just the ones who asked the questions. Therefore, the phrase "explanatory replies" would also be acceptable in your English translation.
Heathcliff United States Local time: 18:21 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in pair: 843