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absolute adj
1 perfect or complete or pure; "absolute loyalty"; "absolute silence"; "absolute truth"; "absolute alcohol" [ant: relative]
2 complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers; "absolute freedom"; "an absolute dimwit"; "a downright lie"; "out-and-out mayhem"; "an out-and-out lie"; "a rank outsider"; "many right-down vices"; "got the job through sheer persistence"; "sheer stupidity" [syn: downright, out-and-out(a), rank(a), right-down, sheer(a)]
3 not limited by law; "an absolute monarch"
4 expressing finality with no implication of possible change; "an absolute (or unequivocal) quarantee to respect the nation's authority"; "inability to make a conclusive (or unequivocal) refusal" [syn: conclusive]
5 without conditions or limitations; "a total ban" [syn: total, unconditioned]
6 not capable of being violated or infringed; "infrangible human rights" [syn: infrangible, inviolable] n : something that is conceived to be absolute; something that does not depends on anything else and is beyond human control; "no mortal being can influence the absolute"

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English

Etymology

absolutus, past participle of absolvere. Compare French absolu. See absolve.

Pronunciation

  • /ˈæbsəˌluːt/, /ˌæbsəˈluːt/
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Dutch

Adjective

absolute

Extensive Definition

Absolute may mean:
Philosophy
Math and science
  • Absolute value, in mathematics, the value of a real number is its numerical value without regard to its sign
  • Absolute Infinite, a concept of infinity in mathematics
  • Absolute (fragrance), a fragrance substance produced via solvent extraction
  • Absolute zero, a temperature equivalent to 0 K, 0 R, −273.15 °C, or −459.67 °F
  • Absolute address, in computing, is the precise indication of a memory location without the use of any intermediate reference
  • Absoluteness, in Mathematical Logic, a formula is absolute if it has the same truth value in two different structures.
Popular culture
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See also

absolute in German: Absolut
absolute in Galician: Absoluto
absolute in Hungarian: Abszolút
absolute in Russian: Абсолютный
absolute in Finnish: Absoluutti
absolute in Swedish: Absolut
absolute in Ukrainian: Абсолютний

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