What does Absolute mean?
Definitions for Absolute
ˈæb səˌlut, ˌæb səˈlutab·so·lute
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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"
perfect or complete or pure
"absolute loyalty"; "absolute silence"; "absolute truth"; "absolute alcohol"
absolute, downright, out-and-out(a), rank(a), right-down, sheer(a)adjective
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"
not limited by law
"an absolute monarch"
expressing finality with no implication of possible change
"an absolute guarantee to respect the nation's authority"
absolute, infrangible, inviolableadjective
not capable of being violated or infringed
"infrangible human rights"
That which is independent of context-dependent interpretation, inviolate, fundamental.
Philosophers differ in how they treat their Absolutes
That which is not dependent on anything else.
In a plane, the two imaginary circular points at infinity; in space of three dimensions, the imaginary circle at infinity.
A realm which exists without reference to anything else; that which can be imagined purely by itself; absolute ego.
The unity of spirit and nature;
The whole of reality; the totality to which everyhting is reduced.
Concentrated natural flower oil, used for perfumes.
Complete in itself; perfect; consummate; faultless.
Outright; unmitigated; pure; unmixed; as, absolute alcohol.
When caught, he told an absolute lie.
free from restraint and control by either government or authoritative agent as;
Not immediately dependent on the other parts of the sentence; as
Free from conditional limitations; operating or existing in full under all circumstances without variation; complete.
Positive; clear; certain; not doubtful.
Authoritative; peremptory; allowing no contradiction; positive; unquestionable.
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.
Complete; unconditional; final; without encumbrances.
Direct, as in a democracy.
Viewed apart from modifying influences or without comparison with other objects; actual; real; opposed to relative and ; as, absolute motion; absolute time or space.
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.
Concerned entirely with expressing beauty and feelings, lacking meaningful reference.
Utilizing the body to express ideas, independent of music and costumes.
the ultimate basis of reality.
Philosophers differ in how they treat their Absolutes
that which is totally unconditioned, unrestricted, pure, perfect, or complete.
Etymology: * First attested around 1380.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: absolutus, Lat.
Because the things that proceed from him are perfect, without any manner of defect or maim; it cannot be, but that the words of his mouth are absolute, and lack nothing which they should have, for performance of that thing whereunto they tend. Richard Hooker, b. ii. § 6.
Although it runs in forms absolute, yet it is indeed conditional, as depending upon the qualification of the person to whom it is pronounced. Robert South, Sermons.
I see still the distinctions of sovereign and inferior, of absolute and relative worship, will bear any man out in the worship of any creature with respect to God, as well at least as it doth in the worship of images. Edward Stillingfleet, Def. of Disc. on Rom. Idol.
An absolute mode is that which belongs to its subject, without respect to any other beings whatsoever: but a relative mode is derived from the regard that one being has to others. Isaac Watts, Logic.
My crown is absolute, and holds of none;
I cannot in a base subjection live,
Nor suffer you to take, though I would give. John Dryden, Ind. Emp.
Long is it since I saw him,
But time hath nothing blurr’d those lines of favour,
Which then he wore; the snatches in his voice,
And burst of speaking were as his: I’m absolute,
’Twas very Cloten. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.
What is his strength by land? ——
—— Great and increasing: but by sea
He is an absolute master. William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra.
loosed from any limitation or condition; uncontrolled; unrestricted; unconditional; as, absolute authority, monarchy, sovereignty, an absolute promise or command; absolute power; an absolute monarch
complete in itself; perfect; consummate; faultless; as, absolute perfection; absolute beauty
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
loosed from, or unconnected by, dependence on any other being; self-existent; self-sufficing
capable of being thought or conceived by itself alone; unconditioned; non-relative
positive; clear; certain; not doubtful
pure; unmixed; as, absolute alcohol
not immediately dependent on the other parts of the sentence in government; as, the case absolute. See Ablative absolute, under Ablative
in a plane, the two imaginary circular points at infinity; in space of three dimensions, the imaginary circle at infinity
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Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ab′sol-ūt, adj. 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: (phil.) existing in and by itself without necessary relation to any other being: capable of being conceived of as unconditioned. In the sense of being finished, perfect, it may be considered as opposed to the Infinite; but, in the sense of being freed from restriction or condition, it is evident the Infinite itself must be absolute. Opposite schools differ on the question whether the Absolute can be known under conditions of consciousness.—adv. Ab′solutely, separately: unconditionally: positively: completely.—ns. Ab′soluteness; Absolū′tion, release from punishment: acquittal: remission of sins declared officially by a priest, or the formula by which such is expressed; Ab′solutism, government where the ruler is without restriction; Ab′solutist, a supporter of absolute government.—adjs. Absol′utory, Absolv′atory.—The Absolute, that which is absolute, self-existent, uncaused. [L. absolutus, pa.p. of absolvĕre. See Absolve.]
The Standard Electrical Dictionary
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.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
Anything free from conditions.--Absolute equations, the sum of the optic and eccentric equation, or the anomalies arising from a planet's not being equally distant from the earth at all times, and its motion not being uniform.--Absolute gravity is the whole force with which a body tends downwards.
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Rank popularity for the word 'Absolute' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3066
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Rank popularity for the word 'Absolute' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2066
Rank popularity for the word 'Absolute' in Adjectives Frequency: #395
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The numerical value of Absolute in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of Absolute in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Examples of Absolute in a Sentence
If you look at what the NCAA has done in allowing basically men to compete in women’s athletics, and in this case swimming … you had the number one woman who finished was from Sarasota, Emma Weyent. She won the silver medal, she’s been an absolute superstar her whole career.
Fascism conceives of the State as an absolute, in comparison with which all individuals or groups are relative, only to be conceived in their relation to the State.
I believe that an absolute majority in parliament for Syriza is achievable.
This is an absolute assault on the safety of San Jose residents.
The secret point of money and power in America is neither the things that money can buy nor power for power's sake... but absolute personal freedom, mobility, privacy. It is the instinct which drove America to the Pacific, all through the nineteenth century, the desire to be able to find a restaurant open in case you want a sandwich, to be a free agent, live by one's own rules.
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Translations for Absolute
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- абсолютен, безусловен, чист, без примес, самовластен, неограничен, пъленBulgarian
- absolutCatalan, Valencian
- jistý, absolutní, čistýCzech
- completo, absoluto, plenoSpanish
- vaba, täielikEstonian
- کامل, غیر مشروطPersian
- rajoittamaton, puhdas, ehdoton, absoluuttinen, varma, riippumaton, ehdottoman, täydellinenFinnish
- dearbh, iomlan, ceannasach, cinnteach, lethoireachScottish Gaelic
- ard-phooaral, ard-chummaghtaghManx
- 無条件, 純粋, 自己完結, 揺るぎない, 絶対的, 絶対, 無比, 独立Japanese
- volstrekt, absoluut, rein, volkomen, onvermengdDutch
- bezwarunkowy, bezwzględny, absolutnyPolish
- inquestionável, irrestrito, definitivo, ilimitado, peremptório, certo, absolutoPortuguese
- абсолют, абсолютный, обособленный, совершенныйRussian
- mükemmel, mutlak, kesinTurkish
- абсолютний, цілковитий, необмеженийUkrainian
- tuyệt đốiVietnamese
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