- 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
Examples from the Web for absolutes
But I'm going to take you at your word and assume that those claims are absolutes.
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?|Randy Walker|February 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Even those with the most well-trained palates cannot speak in absolutes.
The adverb will then sink to the estate of a mere inflectional particle, as one has done in the absolutes of the thisn-group.The American Language|Henry L. Mencken
Whether a philosophy of absolutes is theoretically sound or unsound is none of my present concern.German philosophy and politics|John Dewey
The essences, or absolutes of these ideas, necessarily dispel their opposites which belong with evil, disorder and discord.The World I Live In|Helen Keller
Here was a man whose life had been a search for certainties, absolutes that would not shift under the weight of his questioning.Eight Keys to Eden|Mark Irvin Clifton
It is of course impossible to probe the Two Absolutes, or the wonderful marriage which takes place between them.
British Dictionary definitions for absolutes (1 of 2)
noun (sometimes not capital)
- the ultimate basis of reality
- that which is totally unconditioned, unrestricted, pure, perfect, or complete
British Dictionary definitions for absolutes (2 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