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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ab•so•luteˈæb səˌlut, ˌæb səˈlut(adj.)

  1. being fully or perfectly as indicated; complete; perfect.

  2. free from restriction, limitation, or exception:

    absolute power; absolute freedom.

  3. outright; unqualified:

    an absolute lie; an absolute denial.

  4. unrestrained in the exercise of governmental power; not limited by laws or a constitution:

    an absolute monarchy.

    Category: Government

  5. viewed independently; not comparative or relative; ultimate:

    absolute knowledge.

  6. positive; certain; definite:

    absolute in opinion; absolute proof.

  7. not mixed or adulterated; pure.

  8. relatively independent syntactically in relation to other elements in a sentence, as the construction It being Sunday in (of a usu. transitive verb) used without an object, as give in (of an adjective or possessive pronoun) used alone, with the noun that is modified understood but not expressed, as hungry in to feed the hungry or mine in

    It being Sunday, I wasn't at work.

    Please give generously.

    Take mine.

    Category: Grammar

  9. Physics. independent of arbitrary standards or of particular properties of substances or systems: pertaining to a system of units, as the centimeter-gram-second system, based on some primary units, esp. units of length, mass, and time. pertaining to a measurement based on an absolute zero or unit, as in the absolute temperature scale.

    absolute humidity.

    Category: Physics

  10. Math. (of an inequality) indicating that the expression is true for all values of the variable, as x2+ 1 > 0 for all real numbers


    Category: Math

  11. (n.)something that is not dependent upon external conditions for existence or for its specific nature, size, etc.

    Ref: (opposed to relative ).

  12. the absolute, something that is free from any restriction or condition. something that is independent of some or all relations. something that is perfect or complete.

Origin of absolute:

1350–1400; ME < L absolūtus complete, finished, unqualified, ptp. of absolvere to release; see absolve


Princeton's WordNet

  1. absolute(adj)

    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"

  2. absolute(adj)

    perfect or complete or pure

    "absolute loyalty"; "absolute silence"; "absolute truth"; "absolute alcohol"

  3. absolute, downright, out-and-out(a), rank(a), right-down, sheer(a)(adj)

    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"

  4. absolute(adj)

    not limited by law

    "an absolute monarch"

  5. absolute(adj)

    expressing finality with no implication of possible change

    "an absolute guarantee to respect the nation's authority"

  6. absolute, infrangible, inviolable(adj)

    not capable of being violated or infringed

    "infrangible human rights"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. absolute(adjective)ˈæb səˌlut, ˌæb səˈlut

    emphasizes how complete sth is

    an absolute disgrace; absolute joy

  2. absoluteˈæb səˌlut, ˌæb səˈlut

    emphasizes that sth is definite

    absolute proof

  3. absoluteˈæb səˌlut, ˌæb səˈlut

    emphasizes a limit

    The absolute maximum is 50.


  1. absolute(Noun)

    That which is independent of context-dependent interpretation, inviolate, fundamental.

    Philosophers differ in how they treat their Absolutes

  2. absolute(Noun)

    That which is not dependent on anything else.

  3. absolute(Noun)

    In a plane, the two imaginary circular points at infinity; in space of three dimensions, the imaginary circle at infinity.

  4. absolute(Noun)

    A realm which exists without reference to anything else; that which can be imagined purely by itself; absolute ego.

  5. absolute(Noun)

    The unity of spirit and nature;

  6. absolute(Noun)

    The whole of reality; the totality to which everyhting is reduced.

  7. absolute(Noun)

    Concentrated natural flower oil, used for perfumes.

  8. absolute(Adjective)

    Absolved; free.

  9. absolute(Adjective)

    Complete in itself; perfect; consummate; faultless.

  10. absolute(Adjective)

    Outright; unmitigated; pure; unmixed; as, absolute alcohol.

    When caught, he told an absolute lie.

  11. absolute(Adjective)

    free from restraint and control by either government or authoritative agent as;

  12. absolute(Adjective)

    Not immediately dependent on the other parts of the sentence; as

  13. absolute(Adjective)

    Free from conditional limitations; operating or existing in full under all circumstances without variation; complete.

  14. absolute(Adjective)

    Positive; clear; certain; not doubtful.

  15. absolute(Adjective)

    Authoritative; peremptory; allowing no contradiction; positive; unquestionable.

  16. absolute(Adjective)

    Independent of arbitrary units of measurement; having reference to or derived from the simplest manner from the fundamental units of mass, time, and length; relating to the absolute temperature scale.

  17. absolute(Adjective)

    Complete; unconditional; final; without encumbrances.

  18. absolute(Adjective)


  19. absolute(Adjective)

    Direct, as in a democracy.

  20. absolute(Adjective)

    Viewed apart from modifying influences or without comparison with other objects; actual; real; u2014 opposed to relative and ; as, absolute motion; absolute time or space.

  21. absolute(Adjective)

    Fundamental; intrinsic; ultimate; self-contained and self-sufficient; free from the variability and error natural to human perception and thought.

    Note: In this sense God is called the Absolute by the theist. The term is also applied by the pantheist to the universe, or the total of all existence, as only capable of relations in its parts to each other and to the whole, and as dependent for its existence and its phenomena on its mutually depending forces and their laws.

  22. absolute(Adjective)

    Concerned entirely with expressing beauty and feelings, lacking meaningful reference.

  23. absolute(Adjective)

    Utilizing the body to express ideas, independent of music and costumes.

  24. Absolute(Noun)

    the ultimate basis of reality.

    Philosophers differ in how they treat their Absolutes

  25. Absolute(Noun)

    that which is totally unconditioned, unrestricted, pure, perfect, or complete.

  26. Origin: * First attested around 1380.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Absolute(adj)

    loosed from any limitation or condition; uncontrolled; unrestricted; unconditional; as, absolute authority, monarchy, sovereignty, an absolute promise or command; absolute power; an absolute monarch

  2. Absolute(adj)

    complete in itself; perfect; consummate; faultless; as, absolute perfection; absolute beauty

  3. Absolute(adj)

    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

  4. Absolute(adj)

    loosed from, or unconnected by, dependence on any other being; self-existent; self-sufficing

  5. Absolute(adj)

    capable of being thought or conceived by itself alone; unconditioned; non-relative

  6. Absolute(adj)

    positive; clear; certain; not doubtful

  7. Absolute(adj)

    authoritative; peremptory

  8. Absolute(adj)

    pure; unmixed; as, absolute alcohol

  9. Absolute(adj)

    not immediately dependent on the other parts of the sentence in government; as, the case absolute. See Ablative absolute, under Ablative

  10. Absolute(noun)

    in a plane, the two imaginary circular points at infinity; in space of three dimensions, the imaginary circle at infinity


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The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Absolute

    adj. In quantities it may be defined as referring to fixed units of quantity, and it is opposed to "relative," which merely refers to the relation of several things to each other. Thus the relative resistance of one wire may be n times that of another; its absolute resistance might be 5 ohms, when the absolute resistance of the second wire would be 5 ohms. A galvanometer gives absolute readings if it is graduated to read directly amperes or volts; if not so graduated, it may by "calibration" q. v. be made to do practically the same thing.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Absolute' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3066

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Absolute' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2066

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Absolute' in Adjectives Frequency: #395

Anagrams of Absolute

  1. bales out

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