- relatively independent syntactically: the construction It being Sunday in It being Sunday, the family went to church is an absolute construction.
- (of a usually transitive verb) used without an object, as the verb give in The charity asked him to give.
- (of an adjective) having its noun understood, not expressed, as rich in The rich get richer.
- characterizing the phonological form of a word or phrase occurring by itself, not influenced by surrounding forms, as not in is not (as opposed to isn't), or will in they will (as opposed to they'll).Compare sandhi.
- independent of arbitrary standards or of particular properties of substances or systems: absolute humidity.
- pertaining to a system of units, as the centimeter-gram-second system, based on some primary units, especially units of length, mass, and time.
- pertaining to a measurement based on an absolute zero or unit: absolute temperature.
- something that is free from any restriction or condition.
- something that is independent of some or all relations.
- something that is perfect or complete.
- (in Hegelianism) the world process operating in accordance with the absolute idea.
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For a district and school desperate for enrollment and anxious to counter the narrative that ambitious students should seek out schools to the north or charters, Zora Williams was an absolute gift.When a Calculus Class Abruptly Became Ceramics at Lincoln High|Scott Lewis|September 16, 2020|Voice of San Diego
There’s an “absolute beginner” program built-in, which might come in handy for those of us who have been sitting completely still for the past six months or so.Apple just announced a new iPad, iPad Air, and Apple Watch Series 6|Stan Horazek|September 15, 2020|Popular-Science
What haunted Milwaukee, among other things, was starting point guard Eric Bledsoe’s inability to shoot — an absolute killer in a series when a defense is banking on just that.The Bucks Played It Safe And Made The Wrong Kind Of History|Chris Herring (firstname.lastname@example.org)|September 9, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Amazon “has seen a 50% decrease in unintended wakes over the last year,” he said, without revealing any absolute numbers.Amazon’s A.I. voice project gets help from Facebook, Dolby, and Garmin|jonathanvanian2015|September 9, 2020|Fortune
In absolute terms, it was worse than that, says Goldman Sachs.Why last week’s great tech sell-off should make investors wary|Bernhard Warner|September 8, 2020|Fortune
They are to face oppression with humble persistence and absolute conviction.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder|Jason McGahan|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
House rules require an absolute majority of members voting to choose a speaker.Kamikaze Congress Prepares to Strike Boehner|Ben Jacobs|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Absent a body, no one can say with absolute certainty whether Castro is dead, even if all signs point in that direction.
And this song is just absolute genius and totally universal.Yes, I Like Christmas Music. Stop Laughing.|Michael Tomasky|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You have to risk it, and be in danger of looking like an absolute fool.The Brit Who Stormed Broadway|Tim Teeman|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Solely over one man therein thou hast quite absolute control.Pearls of Thought|Maturin M. Ballou
Marriage is like Mayonnaise sauce, either a great success or an absolute and entire failure.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
He was greeted by hoots and jeers, but with absolute imperturbability he reorganised his forces and checked the enemy.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
It is evident that an absolute increase of any variety may be accompanied by a relative decrease.
An increase in actual number is an absolute increase; an increase in percentage only, a relative increase.
British Dictionary definitions for absolute (1 of 2)
- (postpositive) (of a pressure measurement) not relative to atmospheric pressurethe pressure was 5 bar absolute Compare gauge (def. 18)
- denoting absolute or thermodynamic temperature
- (of a constant) never changing in value
- Also: numerical (of an inequality) unconditional
- (of a term) not containing a variable
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British Dictionary definitions for absolute (2 of 2)
- the ultimate basis of reality
- that which is totally unconditioned, unrestricted, pure, perfect, or complete