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[ ab-suh-loot, ab-suh-loot ]


  1. free from imperfection; complete; perfect:

    absolute liberty.

    Antonyms: flawed, imperfect

  2. not mixed or adulterated; pure:

    absolute alcohol.

    Synonyms: sheer, unadulterated

    Antonyms: mixed

  3. an absolute lie;

    an absolute denial;

    They made absolute fools of themselves at the party last night.

  4. free from restriction or limitation; not limited in any way: absolute freedom.

    absolute command;

    absolute freedom.

    Synonyms: boundless, utter, unqualified, unmitigated, thoroughgoing, out-and-out, ultimate, unlimited, total, infinite

    Antonyms: qualified

  5. unrestrained or unlimited by a constitution, counterbalancing group, etc., in the exercise of governmental power, especially when arbitrary or despotic:

    an absolute monarch.

    Synonyms: tyrannical, domineering, despotic, totalitarian, dictatorial, authoritarian, autocratic

  6. viewed independently; not comparative or relative; intrinsic:

    absolute knowledge.

    Antonyms: relative

  7. positive; certain: absolute evidence.

    absolute in opinion;

    absolute evidence.

    Synonyms: unequivocal, undoubted, sure, definite, confirmed, categorical

  8. Grammar.
    1. relatively independent syntactically: the construction It being Sunday in It being Sunday, the family went to church is an absolute construction.
    2. (of a usually transitive verb) used without an object, as the verb give in The charity asked him to give.
    3. (of an adjective) having its noun understood, not expressed, as rich in The rich get richer.
    4. 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 ( def ).
  9. Physics.
    1. independent of arbitrary standards or of particular properties of substances or systems:

      absolute humidity.

    2. pertaining to a system of units, as the centimeter-gram-second system, based on some primary units, especially units of length, mass, and time.
    3. pertaining to a measurement based on an absolute zero or unit:

      absolute temperature.

  10. Education. noting or pertaining to the scale of a grading system based on an individual's performance considered as representing their knowledge of a given subject regardless of the performance of others in a group: Compare curve ( def ).

    The math department grades on an absolute scale.

  11. Climatology. noting or pertaining to the highest or lowest value of a meteorological quantity recorded during a given, usually long, period of time:

    absolute maximum temperature.

  12. Mathematics. (of an inequality) indicating that the expression is true for all values of the variable, as x 2 + 1 > 0 for all real numbers x; unconditional; Compare conditional ( def 4 ).
  13. Computers. machine-specific and requiring no translation ( symbolic ): absolute address.

    absolute coding;

    absolute address.


  1. something that is not dependent upon external conditions for existence or for its specific nature, size, etc. ( relative ).
  2. the absolute,
    1. something that is free from any restriction or condition.
    2. something that is independent of some or all relations.
    3. something that is perfect or complete.
    4. (in Hegelianism) the world process operating in accordance with the absolute idea.



/ ˈæbsəˌluːt /


  1. complete; perfect
  2. free from limitations, restrictions, or exceptions; unqualified

    an absolute choice

  3. having unlimited authority; despotic

    an absolute ruler

  4. undoubted; certain

    the absolute truth

  5. not dependent on, conditioned by, or relative to anything else; independent

    an absolute term in logic

    the absolute value of a quantity in physics

  6. pure; unmixed

    absolute alcohol

  7. (of a grammatical construction) syntactically independent of the main clause, as for example the construction Joking apart in the sentence Joking apart, we'd better leave now
  8. grammar (of a transitive verb) used without a direct object, as the verb intimidate in the sentence His intentions are good, but his rough manner tends to intimidate
  9. grammar (of an adjective) used as a noun, as for instance young and aged in the sentence The young care little for the aged
  10. physics
    1. postpositive (of a pressure measurement) not relative to atmospheric pressure Compare gauge

      the pressure was 5 bar absolute

    2. denoting absolute or thermodynamic temperature
  11. maths
    1. (of a constant) never changing in value
    2. Alsonumerical (of an inequality) unconditional
    3. (of a term) not containing a variable
  12. law (of a court order or decree) coming into effect immediately and not liable to be modified; final See decree absolute
  13. law (of a title to property, etc) not subject to any encumbrance or condition


  1. something that is absolute



/ ˈæbsəˌluːt /


  1. philosophy
    1. the ultimate basis of reality
    2. that which is totally unconditioned, unrestricted, pure, perfect, or complete
  2. (in the philosophy of Hegel) that towards which all things evolve dialectically

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Other Words From

  • ab·so·lute·ness noun
  • non·ab·so·lute adjective noun
  • non·ab·so·lute·ly adverb
  • non·ab·so·lute·ness noun
  • qua·si-ab·so·lute adjective
  • qua·si-ab·so·lute·ly adverb
  • sub·ab·so·lute adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of absolute1

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin absolūtus “free, unrestricted, unconditioned” (past participle of absolvere “to absolve ”), equivalent to ab- ab- + solū- “loosen” + -tus past participle suffix

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Word History and Origins

Origin of absolute1

C14: from Latin absolūtus unconditional, freed from, from absolvere. See absolve

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Synonym Study

Absolute, unqualified, utter all mean unmodified. Absolute implies an unquestionable finality: an absolute coward. Unqualified means without reservations or conditions: an unqualified success. Utter expresses totality or entirety: an utter failure.

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Example Sentences

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.

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.

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.

Amazon “has seen a 50% decrease in unintended wakes over the last year,” he said, without revealing any absolute numbers.

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In absolute terms, it was worse than that, says Goldman Sachs.

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They are to face oppression with humble persistence and absolute conviction.

House rules require an absolute majority of members voting to choose a speaker.

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.

You have to risk it, and be in danger of looking like an absolute fool.

Solely over one man therein thou hast quite absolute control.

Marriage is like Mayonnaise sauce, either a great success or an absolute and entire failure.

He was greeted by hoots and jeers, but with absolute imperturbability he reorganised his forces and checked the enemy.

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.





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