/ˈæbsəlut / (say 'absuhlooht)

1. free from imperfection; complete; perfect: *He enjoyed, as always, the absolute quiet of the little garden house after the buzz and jangle of the city –c.j. koch, 1978.
2. not mixed; pure.
3. free from restriction or limitation; unqualified: *Fitness, cunning and rock-fast determination were absolute requirements, which, collectively, are called `guts'. –john j. encarnacao, 1985.
4. arbitrary or despotic: *His father, the sultan, has absolute control over the lands in his State. –blanche d'alpuget, 1981.
5. viewed independently; not comparative or relative: absolute position.
6. positive: absolute in opinion.
7. fundamental; irreducible: *Other things followed, just the absolute necessaries of life — a stretcher bedstead, a table and two chairs, a couple of cups and saucers and a teapot. –mary gaunt, 1897.
8. Grammar
a. (of a phrase) not explicitly connected with any other element in the sentence, as It being Monday in It being Monday, she had to start work early.
b. (of a transitive verb) used with no object expressed, as to give in the collectors for the charity asked him to give.
c. (of an adjective) having its noun understood, not expressed, as poor in the poor are always with us.
d. (of a possessive pronoun) used independently as a noun phrase, as mine in mine was the objection.
e. characterising the phonetic or phonemic form of a word or phrase occurring by itself, not influenced by surrounding forms (distinguished from sandhi form). Example: `not' in `is not' as opposed to `isn't', or `will' in `they will' as opposed to `they'll'.
9. Physics
a. independent of arbitrary standards or of properties of special substances or systems: absolute zero of temperature.
b. relating to a system of units based on some primary units, especially units of length, mass, and time: SI units are absolute units.
c. relating to a measurement based on an absolute zero or unit: absolute pressure.
10. Law (of a court order, decree, etc.) unconditional; having full effect immediately (opposed to nisi).
11. something which is unrestricted, unconditioned, and unqualified: an absolute in this discussion is a belief in the family unit.
{Middle English, from Latin absolūtus, past participle, loosened from}
absoluteness, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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