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ˈæb səˌlut, ˌæb səˈlutab·so·lute

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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"


  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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Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Absolute

    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

  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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. absolute

    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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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of absolute in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of absolute in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of absolute in a Sentence

  1. Republican Donald Trump:

    It’s absolute chaos.

  2. The President:

    We have absolute stars.

  3. Dejan Stojanovic:

    Absolute equals nothingness.

  4. Kurt Aichele:

    He’s an absolute man of courage.

  5. Meshaal Hammoud:

    This storm was an absolute disaster.

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  • مطلقArabic
  • абсалю́тныBelarusian
  • чист, без примес, самовластен, пълен, абсолютен, безусловен, неограниченBulgarian
  • absolutCatalan, Valencian
  • čistý, jistý, absolutníCzech
  • absolutGerman
  • απόλυτοςGreek
  • completo, absoluto, plenoSpanish
  • täielik, vabaEstonian
  • کامل, غیر مشروطPersian
  • puhdas, ehdottoman, absoluuttinen, rajoittamaton, ehdoton, varma, riippumaton, täydellinenFinnish
  • absoluFrench
  • lethoireach, iomlan, ceannasach, dearbh, cinnteachScottish Gaelic
  • ard-chummaghtagh, ard-phooaralManx
  • assolutoItalian
  • 絶対的, 絶対, 無比, 独立, 自己完結, 揺るぎない, 純粋, 無条件Japanese
  • ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣKannada
  • ڕه‌به‌قKurdish
  • absolūtsLatvian
  • mutlakMalay
  • volstrekt, absoluut, onvermengd, volkomen, reinDutch
  • absoluttNorwegian
  • absolutny, bezwarunkowy, bezwzględnyPolish
  • absoluto, peremptório, inquestionável, definitivo, certo, irrestrito, ilimitadoPortuguese
  • абсолютный, совершенный, абсолют, обособленныйRussian
  • absolutSwedish
  • mutlak, mükemmel, kesinTurkish
  • цілковитий, абсолютний, необмеженийUkrainian
  • مطلقUrdu

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