- 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 poor in The poor are always with us.
- 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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How to use absolute in a sentence
Apart from India, the highest absolute numbers of disaster displacements in 2018 took place in the Philippines, China, and the United States, according to the latest World Migration Report.
It was so downright conspiratorial that one might suspect, as Einstein did, that absolute space simply didn’t exist.When Einstein Tilted at Windmills - Issue 93: Forerunners|Amanda Gefter|November 18, 2020|Nautilus
By the end of 1930, Austrian-born theoretical physicist Wolfgang Pauli was at the height of his achievements, yet an absolute emotional wreck.The Synchronicity of Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung - Issue 93: Forerunners|Paul Halpern|November 18, 2020|Nautilus
So while we can't say the AirPods are the absolute best true wireless earbuds on the market, this is a good deal for Apple users who've understandably had their eye on them.Apple’s AirPods are on sale for a new low price of $99 today|Ars Staff|November 5, 2020|Ars Technica
Inside Hall F, election workers continued to extract, flatten, sort and scan mail-in ballots 24 hours a day while the City Commission’s live stream captured the absolute glory of it all.Inside Philadelphia’s vote-counting operation, where democracy continued calmly amid the storm outside|Karen Heller|November 5, 2020|Washington Post
By the time that Walter was ready to go home, Emily had fixed with feminine absoluteness her opinion about Harry's innocence.The Incendiary|W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
On the other hand, he is warned not to aim at absoluteness, which of all people the Scots will least endure.Montrose|Mowbray Morris
The same absoluteness which was once attributed to abstractions is now attached to the words which are the signs of them.Euthydemus|Plato
The absoluteness of man as a force, is no less certain because he is finite and not omnipotent.Education in The Home, The Kindergarten, and The Primary School|Elizabeth P. Peabody
And even then the tonnage was held to essentials; essentials whose absoluteness was almost a matter of affidavit.With the Doughboy in France|Edward Hungerford
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)
noun (sometimes not capital)
- the ultimate basis of reality
- that which is totally unconditioned, unrestricted, pure, perfect, or complete