absolute

adjective
ab·​so·​lute | \ ˈab-sə-ˌlüt How to pronounce absolute (audio) , ˌab-sə-ˈlüt How to pronounce absolute (audio) \

Definition of absolute

1a : free from imperfection : perfect … it is a most absolute and excellent horse.— William Shakespeare
b : free or relatively free from mixture : pure absolute alcohol
c : outright, unmitigated an absolute lie
2 : being, governed by, or characteristic of a ruler or authority completely free from constitutional or other restraint absolute power
3 : having no restriction, exception, or qualification an absolute requirement absolute freedom
4 : positive, unquestionable absolute proof
5a : independent of arbitrary standards of measurement
b : relating to or derived in the simplest manner from the fundamental units of length, mass, and time absolute electric units
c : relating to, measured on, or being a temperature scale based on absolute zero absolute temperature specifically : kelvin 10° absolute
6 : fundamental, ultimate absolute knowledge
7 : perfectly embodying the nature of a thing absolute justice
8 grammar
a : standing apart from a normal or usual syntactical relation with other words or sentence elements the absolute construction this being the case in the sentence "this being the case, let us go"
b of an adjective or possessive pronoun : standing alone without a modified substantive Blind in "help the blind" and ours in "your work and ours" are absolute.
c of a verb : having no object in the particular construction under consideration though normally transitive Kill in "if looks could kill" is an absolute verb.
9 : being self-sufficient and free of external references or relationships an absolute term in logic absolute music
10 : being the true distance from an aircraft to the earth's surface absolute altitude

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Other Words from absolute

absolute noun
absoluteness noun

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Examples of absolute in a Sentence

You can't predict the future with absolute certainty. I have absolute faith in her ability to get the job done. He swore an oath of absolute secrecy. When it comes to using computers, I'm an absolute beginner. The country is ruled by an absolute dictator. The country is an absolute monarchy.
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Recent Examples on the Web What an absolute dream for Joe Musgrove and his family to do it for their hometown team. Dallas News, "National reaction: Rangers, Globe Life Field on wrong side of no-hitter history," 10 Apr. 2021 Your pilots should reflect the absolute best of the best, no matter their race or gender. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "United Airlines announces diversity goals, Twitter users respond with mockery: 'Next, please hire blind pilots'," 7 Apr. 2021 Joining the absolute best of those would require, to start with, an even more unlikely upset than this one. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "Johnny Juzang writes his own UCLA legend with incredible March," 31 Mar. 2021 As someone with multiple velour tracksuits, this was an absolute dream come true. Marie Lodi, Glamour, "Parade Underwear Is the Most Comfortable Lingerie I've Ever Had," 9 Mar. 2021 And then Matt called a year and a half ago and pitched us this crazy idea that just seemed like an absolute dream. Devan Coggan, EW.com, "WandaVision theme songwriters break down their decade-hopping tributes to classic TV," 22 Jan. 2021 An absolute dream job for any racing enthusiast, and especially one who's also excited about Porsche's winning history. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, "The Year in Pictures: Car and Driver’s Best Photos of 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 This is how long that three-pointer was at the end of regulation in the measurement of vowels and absolute, undeniable joy. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Thrilling season for Alabama basketball left us wanting more," 29 Mar. 2021 Whatever your skin type may be, these five products are the absolute best. Tanya Akim, Forbes, "The 5 Best Face Oils To Use In 2021," 11 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of absolute

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for absolute

Middle English absolut, borrowed from Latin absolūtus, from past participle of absolvere "to set free, acquit, finish, complete" — more at absolve

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The first known use of absolute was in the 14th century

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“Absolute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absolute. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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absolute

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of absolute

: complete and total
: not limited in any way
: having unlimited power

absolute

adjective
ab·​so·​lute | \ ˈab-sə-ˌlüt How to pronounce absolute (audio) \

Kids Definition of absolute

1 : total entry 1 sense 1, complete absolute darkness
2 : not limited in any way absolute power
3 : free from doubt : certain absolute proof

Other Words from absolute

absolutely adverb absolutely certain

absolute

adjective
ab·​so·​lute | \ ˌab-sə-ˈlüt How to pronounce absolute (audio) \

Medical Definition of absolute

1 : pure or relatively free from mixture absolute methanol
2 : relating to, measured on, or being a temperature scale based on absolute zero absolute temperature

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absolute

adjective
ab·​so·​lute

Legal Definition of absolute

1a : free from qualification, condition, exception, or restriction rights that even seem absolute have these qualificationsLong v. Rockwood, 277 U.S. 142 (1928) — see also absolute ownership at ownership — compare qualified
b in the civil law of Louisiana : having or allowing no legal effect an absolute impediment
2 : final and not liable to modification sometimes used after the word it modifies divorce absolute — compare nisi

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absolutely adverb

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