- 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.
Origin of absolute
Synonyms for absolute
Antonyms for absolute
Related Words for absolutesrestriction, ceiling, restraint, cap, maximum, curb, deadline, check, verge, fence, bound, obstruction, rim, brim, circumscription, border, brink, absolute, end, goal
Examples from the Web for absolutes
Contemporary Examples of absolutes
But I'm going to take you at your word and assume that those claims are absolutes.Two Good Questions from Readers
August 30, 2012
In our society we want to believe in the absolutes of what is right and what is wrong.Can Victims of Haley Barbour’s Pardoned Murderer Find Justice?
February 11, 2012
Even those with the most well-trained palates cannot speak in absolutes.The Myth About Old Wine
January 26, 2010
Historical Examples of absolutes
It would be the colourless dream of an immobile plurality of absolutes.The Complex Vision
John Cowper Powys
Whosen is obviously the offspring of the other absolutes in n.The American Language
Henry L. Mencken
So by its very nature it belongs to the class of the absolutes.Preaching and Paganism
Albert Parker Fitch
In other words we act as if those principles were absolutes, whether we can justify it logically or not.The Trial of Callista Blake
As we have seen, he dealt in absolutes: either power was given to an unlimited extent or it was withheld altogether.John Marshall and the Constitution
Edward S. Corwin
noun (sometimes not capital)
- the ultimate basis of reality
- that which is totally unconditioned, unrestricted, pure, perfect, or complete
- (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
Word Origin for absolute
late 14c., "unrestricted; complete, perfect;" also "not relative to something else" (mid-15c.), from Middle French absolut (14c., Old French asolu, Modern French absolu), from Latin absolutus, past participle of absolvere "to set free, make separate" (see absolve).
Most of the current senses also were in the Latin word. Sense evolution was "detached, disengaged," thus "perfect, pure." Meaning "despotic" (1610s) is from notion of "absolute in position." Absolute monarchy is recorded from 1735 (absolute king is recorded from 1610s); scientific absolute magnitude (1902), absolute value (1907) are from early 20c. In metaphysics, the absolute "that which is absolute" is from 1809.