- 1Not qualified or diminished in any way; total: absolute secrecy absolute silenceMore example sentences
complete, total, utter, out-and-out, outright, entire, perfect, pure, decided; thorough, thoroughgoing, undivided, unqualified, unadulterated, unalloyed, unmodified, unreserved, downright, undiluted, solid, consummate, unmitigated, sheer, arrant, rank, dyed-in-the-wool; plenary; Law peremptory
- Because, as the hatchway ground shut at the center of his dazed vision, something far more shocking took hold - a total and absolute silence.
- Wilkinson is a desperately complex person, driven by a need for absolute perfection and total control in his life.
- When I saw it, the entire audience left the theatre in absolute silence.
- 1.1Used for emphasis when expressing an opinion: the policy is absolute follyMore example sentences
- Worse apparently is the fact that many garden beds are edged with untreated timber - an absolute no-no in their opinion.
- The original trilogy is an absolute classic in my opinion so I would be surprised if I ever would like a remake.
- Coming to any form of decision under these conditions was, in his opinion, an absolute miracle.
- 1.2(Of powers or rights) not subject to any limitation; unconditional: no one dare challenge her absolute authority the right to life is absoluteMore example sentences
- It is, however, not an absolute right and is subject to reasonable limitations.
- It was not an absolute right but any limitation of it had to be justified on reasonable grounds.
- Corporations thus acquire absolute rights without responsibility, and citizens and the state carry all the responsibilities without the corresponding rights.
- 1.3(Of a ruler) having unrestricted power: Dom Miguel proclaimed himself absolute monarchMore example sentences
- A great character: he's portrayed as being benign, a dictator, absolute ruler, yes, but beloved by his people.
- Nevertheless, even absolute monarchs or totalitarian dictators are constrained by forces beyond their control.
- Under the Australian constitution, drawn up in 1901, the governor-general has the powers of an absolute dictator.
- 1.4 Law (Of a decree) final: the decree of nullity was made absolute See also decree absolute.More example sentences
- Microsoft said that would not do and it should have an absolute injunction, both as regards copyright and trade marks.
- But at page 253 Justice Sheller proposed an order making absolute the order nisi for certiorari.
- The garnishee order nisi was not made absolute and the proceedings founded on it were stayed.
- 2Viewed or existing independently and not in relation to other things; not relative or comparative: absolute moral standardsMore example sentences
- All wheat parameters we studied were unresponsive to blue light, so comparisons between relative and absolute blue light responses are not meaningful.
- But many economists believe that relative poverty rather than absolute standards is what matters.
- The right will no doubt point out that this is a comparison of relative, rather than absolute poverty.
- 3 Grammar (Of a construction) syntactically independent of the rest of the sentence, as in dinner being over, we left the table.More example sentences
- An absolute clause is not introduced by a subordinating conjunction: after having prepared the dinner and while preparing the dinner are not absolute clauses.
- 3.1(Of a transitive verb) used without an expressed object (e.g. guns kill).More example sentences
- Verbs grouped as absolute, relative, or nounal.
- I grouped them as absolute verbs, relative verbs, and nounal verbs.
- 3.2(Of an adjective) used without an expressed noun (e.g. the brave).More example sentences
- Though indefinite by default, the absolute quantifiers can be rendered definite through the use of a definite determiner.
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- 1A value or principle which is regarded as universally valid or which may be viewed without relation to other things: good and evil are presented as absolutesMore example sentences
- Their virtue is made of sterner stuff: principles, absolutes, black and white stuff that doesn't admit of any kind of grey.
- Principles are not absolutes, but have to be given a weight.
- The value and rightness of knowledge are not empirical absolutes, and the benefit of truth does not fit everyone the same.
- 1.1 (the absolute) That which exists without being dependent on anything else.More example sentences
- Chittamatra, or Mind-Only school, presents a threefold classification of reality as the imaginary, the dependent and the absolute.
- The devotees sing bhajans, chant incantations, and priests perform aarti and puja, invoking the blessings of Shiva, the divine, the pure, the absolute.
- The order of reason accepts that the world is the realm of the relative; the order of prophecy imposes upon the world the pattern of the absolute.
- 1.2 (the Absolute) Ultimate reality; God.More example sentences
- This path also includes Daath, the ultimate balance between the Absolute and Creation.
- Left wing Hegelians associated the Absolute with material reality.
- Harmonizing the aspects of the Ruach around the Sun prepares the aspirant for the leap into the Abyss, where all knowledge is challenged and shown as simply a facet, or a reflection, of the Absolute.
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- No one should ever use the role of teacher to demean the ideas of others or insist on the absoluteness of an opinion, much less press erroneous assertions.
- What unites both liberals and conservatives is their mutual insistence on the exclusivity and absoluteness of their vision.
- The upsetting part of this story is the absoluteness of technology and the irrelevance of humanity.
late Middle English: from Latin absolutus 'freed, unrestricted', past participle of absolvere (see absolve).