[ ab-suh-loot, ab-suh-loot ]
/ ˈæb səˌlut, ˌæb səˈlut /
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something that is not dependent upon external conditions for existence or for its specific nature, size, etc. (opposed to relative).
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.



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Origin of absolute

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin absolūtus free, unrestricted, unconditioned (past participle of absolvere to absolve), equivalent to ab-ab- + solū- loosen + -tus past participle suffix
4. 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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British Dictionary definitions for absolute (1 of 2)

/ (ˈæbsəˌluːt) /



something that is absolute
C14: from Latin absolūtus unconditional, freed from, from absolvere. See absolve

British Dictionary definitions for absolute (2 of 2)

/ (ˈæbsəˌluːt) /

noun (sometimes not capital)

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