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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"

Wiktionary

  1. absolutenoun

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

    Philosophers differ in how they treat their Absolutes

    Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

  2. absolutenoun

    That which is not dependent on anything else.

    Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

  3. absolutenoun

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

    Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

  4. absolutenoun

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

    Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

  5. absolutenoun

    The unity of spirit and nature;

    Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

  6. absolutenoun

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

    Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

  7. absolutenoun

    Concentrated natural flower oil, used for perfumes.

    Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

  8. absoluteadjective

    Absolved; free.

    Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

  9. absoluteadjective

    Complete in itself; perfect; consummate; faultless.

    Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

  10. absoluteadjective

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

    When caught, he told an absolute lie.

    Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

  11. absoluteadjective

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

    Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

  12. absoluteadjective

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

    Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

  13. absoluteadjective

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

    Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

  14. absoluteadjective

    Positive; clear; certain; not doubtful.

    Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

  15. absoluteadjective

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

    Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

  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.

    Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

  17. absoluteadjective

    Complete; unconditional; final; without encumbrances.

    Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

  18. absoluteadjective

    Total.

    Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

  19. absoluteadjective

    Direct, as in a democracy.

    Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

  20. absoluteadjective

    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.

    Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

  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.

    Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

  22. absoluteadjective

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

    Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

  23. absoluteadjective

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

    Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

  24. Absolutenoun

    the ultimate basis of reality.

    Philosophers differ in how they treat their Absolutes

    Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

  25. Absolutenoun

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

    Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

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. Eugène Ionesco:

    No society has been able to abolish human sadness, no political system can deliver us from the pain of living, from our fear of death, our thirst for the absolute. It is the human condition that directs the social condition, not vice versa.

  2. Tom Witt:

    It's an outrage — an absolute outrage, i can conceive of no justifiable reason for doing this.

  3. Standard Life Investments:

    The absolute key ... is understanding the nature of inflation pressures in the U.S., the risk is we have quite tight labor markets, the risk is of cost-push pressures ... and that the accepted wisdom around the pace of U.S. policy move is actually understated. The implication there is for the dollar to get into seriously over-valued territory.

  4. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker:

    Let's be clear, the monitoring this proposes is an absolute joke. So anyone who pretends like that's somehow something that's extraordinary, it's not. This is some of the weakest monitoring.

  5. Harry Shearer:

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

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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
  • absolutaLatin
  • 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
  • tuyệt đốiVietnamese

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