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Definition of the adjective absolute

What does absolute mean as an attribute of a noun?

Absolute is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: more absolute / absoluter | most absolute / absolutest

  1. perfect or complete or pure
  2. complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers
  3. not limited by law
    • example: an absolute monarch
    • similar: arbitrary
  4. expressing finality with no implication of possible change
  5. not capable of being violated or infringed

Alternative definition of the adjective absolute


  1. Loosed from any limitation or condition; uncontrolled; unrestricted; unconditional; as, absolute authority, monarchy, sovereignty, an absolute promise or command.
  2. Complete in itself; perfect; consummate; faultless.
  3. Viewed apart from modifying influences or without comparison with other objects; actual; real; — opposed to relative and [compar]; as, absolute motion; absolute time or space.
  4. Loosed from, or unconnected by, dependence on any other being; self-existent; self-sufficing.
  5. Capable of being thought or conceived by itself alone; unconditioned; non-relative.
  6. [rare] Positive; clear; certain; not doubtful.
  7. [rare] Authoritative; peremptory.
  8. [chemistry] Pure; unmixed; as, absolute alcohol.
  9. [grammar] Not immediately dependent on the other parts of the sentence in government; as, the case absolute. (See ablative absolute.)

Definition of the noun absolute

What does absolute mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: absolutes

  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
    • example: no mortal being can influence the absolute
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: abstract / abstraction = a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

Alternative definition of the noun absolute


  1. That which is independent of context-dependent interpretation, inviolate, fundamental.
  2. [geometry] In a plane, the two imaginary circular points at infinity; in space of three dimensions, the imaginary circle at infinity.


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Phrases with Absolute

Phrases starting with the word Absolute:

  1. Absolute Mean
  2. Absolute Time
  3. absolute zero
  4. Absolute Error
  5. absolute pitch
  6. Absolute Power
  7. absolute scale
  8. absolute space
  9. absolute value
  10. Absolute address
  11. absolute alcohol
  12. absolute ceiling
  13. Absolute Drought
  14. Absolute Humidity
  15. absolute majority
  16. Absolute monarchy

Phrases ending with the word Absolute:

  1. bar absolute
  2. Decree Absolute
  3. Degree Absolute
  4. ablative absolute

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Absolute

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Google previewThe practical English grammar (1864)

Annotations — ' Every adjective refers to some noun or its equivalent, expressed or understood The adjective absolute is an adjective with the definite article prefixed and having its noun understood ; as, "The rich," "The poor," "The Sublime ...

Google previewGrief with Ease (2016)

An Incipient View of the Quintessence Unplugged Speculation as Coadjutor Future by Mercy Montes

Being absolute means you exist. Being absolute means you have a life force that derives from God. Comparison and jealousy are the type of negative vibrations which may affect your vibration, but they don't affect the fact that you do exist.

Google previewLessons in Logic (1870)

by William Stanley Jevons

The adjective absolute means whatever is "loosed from connection with anything else"; (Latin ab, from, and solutus, loosed); whereas relative means that which is carried in thought, at least, into connection with something else. Hence a relative ...

Google previewDictionary of Energy (1991)

by Hall

ABSOLUTE ALCOHOL Usually applied to ethanol ...

Google previewThe Judicial Dictionary: Judicial dictionary (1903)

by Frederick Stroud, Elsie May Wheeler, John McDonald Burke

ABSOLUTE AND INDEFEASIBLE. --As used in ss. 2, 3, Prescription Act, 1832; V. per Lindlcy, L. J., Wheaten v. Maple, cited EASEMENT. ABSOLUTE ASSIGNMENT. — An “Absolute Assignment " which (after “ Express Notice ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Alternative Investments (2008)

by Greg N. Gregoriou

Rye, NY, USA Absolute return is the performance return an asset earns over a particular time period. This return is the ultimate product that an asset manager delivers to a particular client. It is important to note that ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Romantic Music (2013)

by John Michael Cooper

ABSOLUTE MUSIC. (Fr., musique pure; Ger., absolute Musik.) Music that is considered to be free of (Lat. absolutus) any coherence, logic, or meaning that is not itself inherently and solely musical. Since it supposedly is neither inspired nor ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Epidemiology (2014)

by Miquel Porta

ABSOLUTE RISK INCREASE (ARI) The absolute risk of adverse events in the exposed or treatment group (ART) minus the absolute risk of events in the control group (ARC): ARI = ART–ARC. Same as RISK DIFFERENCE. Also, the proportion ...

Google previewDictionary of Military Terms (2009)

by U.S. Department of Defense

absolute altimeter — (*) A type of altimeter which measures vertical distance to the surface below, using radio, radar, sonic, laser, or capacitive technology. absolute dud — A nuclear weapon ...

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In passing, we should note this curious mark of our own age: the only absolute allowed is the absolute insistence that there is no absolute. (Francis Schaeffer)
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The value of this 8-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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