- 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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Example sentences from the Web for absolute
While this tactic is profitable, it takes place in an uncomfortable and unrealistic realm of moral absolutes.ESPN’s ‘The Price of Gold’ Revisits the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan Scandal|Amy Zimmerman|January 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Thatcher had no problem with what she saw as moral absolutes.British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s Lasting Legacy|Christopher Dickey|April 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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
There are no art thieves or calculating serial killers, few pure villains or moral absolutes.
So by its very nature it belongs to the class of the absolutes.Preaching and Paganism|Albert Parker Fitch
Old world and New world are not mere relatives; they are as near absolutes as anything.Letters from China and Japan|John Dewey
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
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
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