absolute meaning

[ 'æbsəlu:t ] Pronunciation:   "absolute" in a sentence
Adjective: absolute  'absu`loot
  1. Perfect or complete or pure
    "absolute loyalty"; "absolute silence"; "absolute truth"; "absolute alcohol" 
  2. Complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers
    "absolute freedom"; "an absolute dimwit"
    - downright, out-and-out, rank, right-down, sheer 
  3. Not limited by law
    "an absolute monarch" 
  4. Expressing finality with no implication of possible change
    "an absolute guarantee to respect the nation's authority" 
  5. Not capable of being violated or infringed
    - infrangible, inviolable
Noun: absolute  'absu`loot
  1. Something that is conceived or that exists independently and not in relation to other things; something that does not depend on anything else and is beyond human control; something that is not relative
    "no mortal being can influence the absolute"

Derived forms: absolutes

See also: absolutely, absoluteness, arbitrary, complete, direct, implicit, inalienable, infinite, living, unalienable, unambiguous, unequivocal, univocal, unquestioning

Type of: abstract, abstraction

Antonym: relative

Encyclopedia: Absolute

1. A temperature scale in which zero represents the complete absence of heat. Units of measure are same as units on Celsius and Fahrenheit scales. See ABSOLUTE SCALE.
2. Independent of any arbitrarily assigned units of measure or value.

1 : pure or relatively free from mixture ‹absolute methanol›
2 : relating to, measured on, or being a temperature scale based on absolute zero ‹absolute temperature›


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  1. men don't aspire after the absolute right.
  2. she bowed her head with absolute indifference.
  3. absolute perfection in a dictionary is rare.
  4. a knowledge of french is an absolute essential.
  5. you can take this as absolute gospel.

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