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absolute British & World English

Not qualified or diminished in any way; total

absolute English Thesaurus

there was absolute silence in the house

the absolute in absolute British & World English

That which exists without being dependent on anything else

absolute unit British & World English

A unit of measurement which is defined in terms of the fundamental units of a system (mass, length, and time), and is not based on arbitrary definitions

absolute zero British & World English

The lowest temperature that is theoretically possible, at which the motion of particles which constitutes heat would be minimal. It is zero on the Kelvin scale, equivalent to −273.15°C

absolute zero New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

lowest temperature that is theoretically possible (zero kelvins, −273.15°C)

absolute music British & World English

Instrumental music not intended to represent or illustrate something else

absolute pitch British & World English

another term for perfect pitch.

absolute title British & World English

The guarantee of title to the ownership of a property or lease

absolute value British & World English

The magnitude of a real number without regard to its sign

decree absolute British & World English

A court of law’s final order officially ending a marriage, enabling either party to remarry

ablative absolute British & World English

A construction in Latin which consists of a noun and participle or adjective in the ablative case and functions as a sentence adverb, for example Deo volente ‘God willing’

absolute advantage British & World English

The ability of an individual or group to carry out a particular economic activity more efficiently than another individual or group

absolute alcohol British & World English

Ethanol containing less than one per cent of water by weight

absolute magnitude British & World English

The magnitude (brightness) of a celestial object as it would be seen at a standard distance of 10 parsecs

absolute majority British & World English

A majority over all rivals combined; more than half

absolute temperature British & World English

A temperature measured from absolute zero in kelvins

decrees absolute in decree absolute British & World English

A court of law’s final order officially ending a marriage, enabling either party to remarry

absolute privilege in privilege British & World English

(Especially in a parliamentary context) the right to say or write something without the risk of incurring punishment or legal action for defamation

T in absolute temperature British & World English

A temperature measured from absolute zero in kelvins

fee simple British & World English

A permanent and absolute tenure in land with freedom to dispose of it at will, especially in full fee simple absolute in possession a freehold tenure, which is the main type of land ownership


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