: free from imperfection : perfect
- … it is a most absolute and excellent horse.
- —William Shakespeare
: free or relatively free from mixture : pure
: being, governed by, or characteristic of a ruler or authority completely free from constitutional or other restraint
: having no restriction, exception, or qualification
: independent of arbitrary standards of measurement
: relating to or derived in the simplest manner from the fundamental units of length, mass, and time
: relating to, measured on, or being a temperature scale based on absolute zero ;
: perfectly embodying the nature of a thing
: 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"
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.
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.
: being self-sufficient and free of external references or relationships
- an absolute term in logic
: being the true distance from an aircraft to the earth's surface