Character 8
Hyphenation ab so lute
Pronunciations /ˈæb.səˌljuːt/

Definitions and meanings of "Absolute"

What do we mean by absolute?

That which is independent of context-dependent interpretation, inviolate, fundamental.

Anything that is absolute.

In a plane, the two imaginary circular points at infinity; in space of three dimensions, the imaginary circle at infinity.

(usually capitalized) A realm which exists without reference to anything else; that which can be imagined purely by itself; absolute ego.

(usually capitalized) The unity of spirit and nature; God.

(usually capitalized) The whole of reality; the totality to which everything is reduced.

A concentrated natural flower oil, used for perfumes; an alcoholic extract of a concrete.

Synonyms and Antonyms for Absolute

The word "absolute" in example sentences

Philosophy cannot positively represent the absolute because ˜conscious™ thinking operates from the position where the ˜absolute identity™ of the subjective and the objective has always already been lost in the emergence of consciousness. ❋ Bowie, Andrew (2001)

From absolute truths to an _absolute Reason_, the foundation and essence of all truth. ❋ Unknown (1852)

From absolute ideas Plato ascends to an _absolute Being_, the author of all finite existence. ❋ Unknown (1852)

V. i.54 (121,7) [as shy, as grave, as just, as absolute] _As shy_; as reserved, as abstracted: _as just_; as nice, as exact: _as absolute_; as complete in all the round of duty. ❋ Samuel Johnson (1746)

Although the term "absolute return" has been applied to so many different style funds that it has lost a lot of its meaning, Putnam's funds, which carry no guarantees, have all met their benchmarks so far. ❋ J.R. Brandstrader (2011)

Its divisions are two, one of which we call the absolute inquiry, and the other the one which is accessory. ❋ Marcus Tullius Cicero (N/A)

The Chinese theories, on the other hand, are based upon profound philosophical speculations and sound extremely plausible, but what they call the absolute and the finite, the positive and negative essences, the eight diagrams, and the five elements, are not real existences, but are fictitious names invented by the philosophers and freely applied in every direction. ❋ Dairoku Kikuchi (1886)

Mr Morgan, 46, repeatedly demanded on Tuesday night that the 40-year-old Tory backbencher withdraw her allegation, which he described as an "absolute, blatant lie". ❋ Unknown (2011)

In a nutshell, his argument is that the Israeli state should differentiate between those Arabs that can show what he calls absolute loyalty to the state, and those who cannot. ❋ Unknown (2009)

Silvis superintendent Ray Bergles said his main concern is giving up local property tax dollars -- which he called the absolute most guaranteed dollars -- in return for additional state funding due to the TIFdistrict. ❋ Unknown (2009)

And a third is the rise, in absolute numbers and in political organization, of the religious right. ❋ Unknown (2009)

And yet $1 is, in absolute terms, closer to $150 billion than $850 billion is to $1 trillion. ❋ Unknown (2009)

Even Matt is bad at math since he rounds big numbers up which in absolute terms makes no sense. ❋ Unknown (2009)

The trend, though, is clear: coverage is getting less favorable for the Republicans, both in absolute terms and in comparison to the Democrats. ❋ Steve Schohn (2010)

Some people like to write in absolute silence, others need music in the background. ❋ Unknown (2009)

In other words, what is the historical cost of debt service, either in absolute terms, or relative to GDP or to the annual budget? ❋ Unknown (2009)

So it seems it would be more accurate to look at the increase of the gap compared to prior years rather than in absolute terms when deciding how much government action is necessary. ❋ Unknown (2009)

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