What does absolute mean?

Definitions for absolute
ˈæb səˌlut, ˌæb səˈlutab·so·lute

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. absoluteadjective

    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. absoluteadjective

    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)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"

  4. absoluteadjective

    not limited by law

    "an absolute monarch"

  5. absoluteadjective

    expressing finality with no implication of possible change

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

  6. absolute, infrangible, inviolableadjective

    not capable of being violated or infringed

    "infrangible human rights"


  1. absolutenoun

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

    Philosophers differ in how they treat their Absolutes

  2. absolutenoun

    That which is not dependent on anything else.

  3. absolutenoun

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

  4. absolutenoun

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

  5. absolutenoun

    The unity of spirit and nature;

  6. absolutenoun

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

  7. absolutenoun

    Concentrated natural flower oil, used for perfumes.

  8. absoluteadjective

    Absolved; free.

  9. absoluteadjective

    Complete in itself; perfect; consummate; faultless.

  10. absoluteadjective

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

    When caught, he told an absolute lie.

  11. absoluteadjective

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

  12. absoluteadjective

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

  13. absoluteadjective

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

  14. absoluteadjective

    Positive; clear; certain; not doubtful.

  15. absoluteadjective

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

  16. absoluteadjective

    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. absoluteadjective

    Complete; unconditional; final; without encumbrances.

  18. absoluteadjective


  19. absoluteadjective

    Direct, as in a democracy.

  20. absoluteadjective

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

  21. absoluteadjective

    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. absoluteadjective

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

  23. absoluteadjective

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

  24. Absolutenoun

    the ultimate basis of reality.

    Philosophers differ in how they treat their Absolutes

  25. Absolutenoun

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

  26. Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Absoluteadjective

    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.


  1. absolute

    Absolute is something that is complete, entire, or unconditional. It implies a lack of dependency or relativity and signifies a fixed or unchanging state or truth. It usually refers to a value, concept, or principle that is universally and objectively true, without any exceptions or limitations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Absoluteadjective

    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. Absoluteadjective

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

  3. Absoluteadjective

    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. Absoluteadjective

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

  5. Absoluteadjective

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

  6. Absoluteadjective

    positive; clear; certain; not doubtful

  7. Absoluteadjective

    authoritative; peremptory

  8. Absoluteadjective

    pure; unmixed; as, absolute alcohol

  9. Absoluteadjective

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

  10. Absolutenoun

    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. Tyson Perez:

    I weighed the absolute risk of the vaccine versus the hypothetical risk of the illness, and it became clear to me that the absolute risk of the vaccine outweighed the hypothetical risk of the illness.

  2. Brooks Atkinson:

    The humorous man recognizes that absolute purity, absolute justice, absolute logic and perfection are beyond human achievement and that men have been able to live happily for thousands of years in a state of genial frailty.

  3. Nicolas Boileau:

    If absolute power corrupts absolutely, does absolute powerlessness make you pure

  4. Mark Muro:

    Rural areas suffer less in absolute terms but have much lower incomes, so the percentage hit is greater, this is consistent with the intuition in most research on climate impacts -- that poor places are more vulnerable and, while they lose less in absolute terms, they have even less they can afford to lose.

  5. David Brinkley:

    Numerous politicians have seized absolute power and muzzled the press. Never in history has the press seized absolute power and muzzled the politicians.

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  • مطلقArabic
  • абсалю́тныBelarusian
  • абсолютен, безусловен, чист, без примес, самовластен, неограничен, пъленBulgarian
  • absolutCatalan, Valencian
  • jistý, absolutní, čistýCzech
  • absolutGerman
  • απόλυτοςGreek
  • completo, absoluto, plenoSpanish
  • vaba, täielikEstonian
  • کامل, غیر مشروطPersian
  • rajoittamaton, puhdas, ehdoton, absoluuttinen, varma, riippumaton, ehdottoman, täydellinenFinnish
  • absoluFrench
  • dearbh, iomlan, ceannasach, cinnteach, lethoireachScottish Gaelic
  • ard-phooaral, ard-chummaghtaghManx
  • assolutoItalian
  • 無条件, 純粋, 自己完結, 揺るぎない, 絶対的, 絶対, 無比, 独立Japanese
  • ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣKannada
  • 순수한Korean
  • ڕه‌به‌قKurdish
  • absolutaLatin
  • absolūtsLatvian
  • mutlakMalay
  • volstrekt, absoluut, rein, volkomen, onvermengdDutch
  • absoluttNorwegian
  • bezwarunkowy, bezwzględny, absolutnyPolish
  • inquestionável, irrestrito, definitivo, ilimitado, peremptório, certo, absolutoPortuguese
  • абсолют, абсолютный, обособленный, совершенныйRussian
  • absolutSwedish
  • mükemmel, mutlak, kesinTurkish
  • абсолютний, цілковитий, необмеженийUkrainian
  • مطلقUrdu
  • tuyệt đốiVietnamese

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