(obsolete) Absolved; free.
(obsolete) Disengaged from accidental circumstances.
(archaic) Complete in itself; perfect. [ ]
* (rfdate) :
(grammar) Not immediately dependent on the other parts of the sentence; as
- So absolute she seems, And in herself complete.
# (of a case form) syntactically connected to the rest of the sentence in an atypical manner; ablative absolute; nominative absolute; genitive absolute; accusative absolute. [ ]
# standing by itself in a loose syntactical connection, and qualifying the sentence as a whole rather than any single word in it. [ ]
# (of an adjective or possessive pronoun) lacking a modified substantive.
- Anyhow in 'anyhow, I made it home' is an absolute .
# (comparative, superlative) expressing a relative term without a definite comparison.'
- Hungry in 'Feed the hungry.'
# having no direct object.
- Older in 'An older person should be treated with respect.
# (Irish, Welsh) an inflected verb that is not preceded by any number of articles or compounded with a preverb.
- Kill in 'If looks could kill...'
(obsolete) Absorbed in, as an occupation. [ ]
Unrestricted; in sole control; possessing absolute power; independent, as in ownership or authority. [ ]
Pure; unmixed; as, absolute alcohol. [ ]
(figurative) Complete; utter; outright; unmitigated; entire; total; not qualified or diminished in any way; unrestricted; without limitation. [ ]
Unconditional; free from any conditions, limitations, and relations;
- When caught, he told an absolute lie.
# having unlimited power, without limits set by a constitution, parliament, or other means. [ ]
# proceeding from or characteristic of an absolute ruler. [ ]
* 1962 , Hannah Arendt, On Revolution , (1990), page 155:
# Absolutist; arbitrary; despotic.
- the more absolute' the ruler, the more ' absolute the revolution will be which replaces him.
Real; actual. [ ]
(archaic) Certain; free from doubt or uncertainty, as a person or prediction. [ ]
* (rfdate) (William Shakespeare), Cymbeline , Act 4, Scene 2:
Positive; unquestionable; peremptory.
- I am absolute ’t was very Cloten.
Free from conditional limitations; operating or existing in full under all circumstances without variation. [ ]
(philosophy) Existing, able to be thought of, or able to be viewed without relation to other things. [ ]
- absolute motion
- absolute time or space
* (rfdate) :
- Absolute rights and duties are such as pertain to man in a state of nature as contradistinguished from ''relative'' rights and duties, or such as pertain to him in his social relations.
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- To Cusa we can indeed articulately trace, word and thing, the recent philosophy of the absolute .
(philosophy) Fundamental; ultimate; intrinsic; free from the variability and error natural to the human way of thinking and perception.
- The peddler stopped, and tapped her on the head, With absolute forefinger, brown and ringed.
(physics) Independent of arbitrary units of measurement not comparative or relative as,
# having reference to or derived from the simplest manner from the fundamental units of mass, time, and length.
# relating to the absolute temperature scale.
(legal) Complete; unconditional; final; without encumbrances; not liable to change or cancellation.
(education) Pertaining to a grading system based on the knowledge of the individual and not on the comparative knowledge of the group of students.
(art) Concerned entirely with expressing beauty and feelings, lacking meaningful reference.
(dance) Utilizing the body to express ideas, independent of music and costumes.
(math) Indicating an expression that is true for all real number; unconditional.
* ablative absolute
* absolute address
* absolute curvature
* absolute equation
* absolute magnitude
* absolute majority
* absolute monarchy
* absolute music
* absolute pitch
* absolute power
* absolute space
* absolute term
* absolute temperature
* absolute value
* absolute zero
* categorical, unconditional, unlimited, unrestricted
* (having unlimited power) autocratic, despotic
* (complete in itself) fixed
* (able to be viewed without relation to other things) independent
* conditional, limited
* (able to be viewed without relation to other things) relative, dependent
That which is independent of context-dependent interpretation, inviolate, fundamental.
Anything that is absolute.
- moral absolutes
(geometry) In a plane, the two imaginary circular points at infinity; in space of three dimensions, the imaginary circle at infinity.
(philosophy, usually capitalized) A realm which exists without reference to anything else; that which can be imagined purely by itself; absolute ego.
* 1983 , (Lawrence Durrell), Sebastian'', Faber & Faber 2004 (''Avignon Quintet ), page 1039:
(philosophy, usually capitalized) The unity of spirit and nature; God.
(philosophy, usually capitalized) The whole of reality; the totality to which everything is reduced.
Concentrated natural flower oil, used for perfumes.
- Withdrawn as a Buddha he sat, watching the alien world from his perch in the absolute .
* (not dependent on anything else) Usually preceded by the word the .
* (sense) Usually preceded by the word the
A government in which sovereignty is embodied within a single, today usually hereditary head of state (whether as a figurehead or as a powerful ruler).
* An absolute monarchy is a monarchy where the monarch is legally the ultimate authority in all temporal matters.
* A constitutional monarchy is a monarchy in which the monarch's power is legally constrained, ranging from where minor concessions have been made to appease certain factions to where the monarch is a figurehead with all real power in the hands of a legislative body.
The territory ruled over by a monarch; a kingdom.
A form of government where sovereignty is embodied by a single ruler in a state and his high aristocracy representing their separate divided lands within the state and their low aristocracy representing their separate divided fiefs.
- What scourge for perjury / Can this dark monarchy afford false Clarence?
Historically refers to a wide variety of systems with a single, nominally absolute ruler (compare (m), (m)), today primarily refers to and connotes a traditional, hereditary position, often with mainly symbolic power. Typically used of rulers who use the terms (m)/(m) or (m)/(m).