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Definitions of absolute

  1. expressing finality with no implication of possible change; " an absolute ( or unequivocal) quarantee to respect the nation's authority"; " inability to make a conclusive ( or unequivocal) refusal"
  2. something that is conceived to be absolute; something that does not depends on anything else and is beyond human control; " no mortal being can influence the absolute"
  3. perfect or complete or pure; " absolute loyalty"; " absolute silence"; " absolute truth"; " absolute alcohol"
  4. not capable of being violated or infringed; " infrangible human rights"
  5. complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers; " absolute freedom"; " an absolute dimwit"; " a downright lie"; " out- and- out mayhem"; " an out- and- out lie"; " a rank outsider"; " many right- down vices"; " got the job through sheer persistence"; " sheer stupidity"
  6. without conditions or limitations; " a total ban"
  7. not limited by law; " an absolute monarch"
  8. Loosed from any limitation or condition; uncontrolled; unrestricted; unconditional; as, absolute authority, monarchy, sovereignty, an absolute promise or command; absolute power; an absolute monarch.
  9. Loosed from, or unconnected by, dependence on any other being; self- existent; self- sufficing.
  10. Capable of being thought or conceived by itself alone; unconditioned; non- relative.
  11. Positive; clear; certain; not doubtful.
  12. Authoritative; peremptory.
  13. Pure; unmixed; as, absolute alcohol.
  14. Not immediately dependent on the other parts of the sentence in government; as, the case absolute. See Ablative absolute, under Ablative.
  15. In a plane, the two imaginary circular points at infinity; in space of three dimensions, the imaginary circle at infinity.
  16. Not adulterated; pure.
  17. Viewed apart from modifying influences or without comparison with other objects; actual; real; - opposed to relative and comparative; as, absolute motion; absolute time or space.
  18. Free as to condition; perfect; fixed; despotic: applied to a government in which the ruler s unrestrained by any law: unlimited.
  19. Absolutely.
  20. Absoluteness.
  21. Free from limits or conditions: complete: unlimited: free from mixture: considered without reference to other things: unconditioned, unalterable: unrestricted by constitutional checks ( said of a government): ( gram.) not immediately dependent.
  22. Unlimited; arbitrary.
  23. Complete; perfect.
  24. Not limited; unrestricted; independent.
  25. Positive; entire; total.
  26. Unconditional and unlimited; unlimited in power; arbitrary; despotic; complete in itself or perfect; not relative; self- dependent or self- existing; pure; unmixed. The absolute.
  27. The independent and self- existent being or cause of things; the infinite.
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Usage examples for absolute

  1. The consequence was that he now lived in a solitude which was absolute, and, as Mr. Emilius added, somewhat melancholy. – The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope
  2. It is absolute nonsense. – Determinism or Free-Will? by Chapman Cohen
  3. It shall merely be absolute music, like any other. – The Children of the World by Paul Heyse
  4. I was doing that, but my decision had not been absolute. – The Rustlers of Pecos County by Zane Grey
  5. I have absolute confidence in my wife. – The Deluge by David Graham Phillips
  6. He might not have been fully aware of the absolute certainty of his approaching death, but he must have known that his wound was of a very grave character, and that the result might early prove fatal. – Jack Tier or The Florida Reef by James Fenimore Cooper
  7. No answer; in absolute indifference, she felt, lay her strongest weapon. – The Brass Bowl by Louis Joseph Vance
  8. Absolute ignorance, whether or no, means an even chance of either. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  9. What can be more delightful than to have some one to whom you can say everything with the same absolute confidence as to yourself? – Treatises on Friendship and Old Age by Marcus Tullius Cicero
  10. At the same time he had let it be clearly understood that he meant to be absolute as his father had been. – The Shadow of the East by E. M. Hull
  11. If, in spite of everything, my confidence in you wasn't absolute, I shouldn't risk a name I hold so dear as that of Dorothea Pruyn. – The Inner Shrine by Basil King
  12. An expression of absolute horror had grown in his eyes as he listened to her words, and now he threw himself down on the chair beside her, and grasped her hands in appeal. – A Houseful of Girls by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  13. Of absolute escape there was no chance whatever. – Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope
  14. For more than an hour, absolute silence has fallen upon us. – Nancy A Novel by Rhoda Broughton
  15. One thing I want to know, however, and I must have the absolute truth. – The Nightrider's Feud by Walter C. McConnell
  16. You are certain it is not a fancy, but an absolute fact? – Cleek: the Man of the Forty Faces by Thomas W. Hanshew
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