Adjective "absolute" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Not qualified or diminished in any way; total.
  1. 'absolute silence'
  2. 'One afternoon I left Johnny working underneath the jeep and wandered out of sight to an open meadow where the silence was absolute.'
  3. 'Those working on the project were sworn to absolute secrecy.'
  4. 'He was a scientist of absolute integrity and total dedication, with an incredible gift for efficiency.'
  5. 'Sometimes, absolute silence is the most satisfying sound.'
  6. 'The cardinals must take an oath when they first enter the conclave that they will abide by all rules set down by the Pope and that they will maintain absolute secrecy about the voting and deliberations.'
  7. 'She talked between songs, explaining their origin - where, when, why and how she came up with them - and her soft voice was audible in the absolute silence of the theatre.'
  8. 'Elizabeth stared after him in total and absolute shock.'
  9. 'The Minister has shown absolute disregard and displayed total indifference to the plight of people living in this area.'
  10. 'Because, as the hatchway ground shut at the center of his dazed vision, something far more shocking took hold - a total and absolute silence.'
  11. 'Claire decided the absolute silence from the crowd was better than what came next.'
  12. 'See, with property investment, you can be an absolute moron and you can still make money.'
  13. 'With the volume of traffic up and down this road twelve months of the year a proper crossing is an absolute necessity.'
  14. 'Worse apparently is the fact that many garden beds are edged with untreated timber - an absolute no-no in their opinion.'
  15. 'The game should be an absolute cracker and a real insight into the betting for the finals.'
  16. 'Cllr Willie Aird was of the opinion that it was ‘an absolute disgrace’.'
  17. 'It is absolute folly to suggest that somehow water is special.'
  18. 'The site at the present time is an absolute disgrace and any development can only enhance the property and the village.'
  19. 'Coming to any form of decision under these conditions was, in his opinion, an absolute miracle.'
  20. 'But union leaders said the service was being hit by an act of vandalism and branded the plans folly and an absolute disgrace.'
  21. 'It would be an absolute shame if my one opinion piece was the last word on identity.'
  22. 'no one dare challenge her absolute authority'
  23. 'The Government did that in this case, and it has an absolute right to do so.'
  24. 'It was not an absolute right but any limitation of it had to be justified on reasonable grounds.'
  25. 'If rights were absolute, there would be no question of weighing them against ‘interests’ to determine when the rights must yield.'
  26. 'On the other hand, absolute ethics are by definition unchangeable.'
  27. 'Despite what is written down in treaties and conventions and the laws of individual countries, even when they are generally upheld, rights are never absolute even in the most democratic societies.'
  28. 'The sense of hearing gives Kant, according to Derrida, expression through an absolute interiority.'
  29. 'Who was it that said, ‘Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.’'
  30. 'They claimed the right to conduct one's own defence is not an absolute right and they were withdrawing it because of his bad health and its affect on his ability to question witnesses.'
  31. 'Both rights are crucial in a democratic society, but neither is an absolute right.'
  32. 'But local authorities will still have the absolute right to refuse to issue licenses.'
  33. 'Under that bill, the Government has allowed Maori to have absolute veto over coastal areas, right out to the territorial limit, where ancestral connection is established.'
  34. 'Dom Miguel proclaimed himself absolute monarch'
  35. 'Philip had his advisors but he ruled as an absolute ruler and he was a firm believer in the divine right of kings - that God had appointed him as king and that as God could not make a mistake neither could Philip.'
  36. 'George II was the absolute ruler of a medium-sized German state, Hanover, as well as being the British sovereign.'
  37. 'We have to remember that territorial states in early modern Europe were governed by absolute monarchs who regarded the state as their property.'
  38. 'Spain was ruled by an absolute monarch and was dominated by the church, whose Inquisition was still proscribing books and works of art.'
  39. 'Nevertheless, even absolute monarchs or totalitarian dictators are constrained by forces beyond their control.'
  40. 'They accepted, in other words, that the king of France was an absolute monarch who shared his power with nobody, and was only answerable to God for its exercise.'
  41. 'Catherine had innumerable lovers and did not find it contradictory to her enlightenment that she ruled Russia as an absolute autocrat.'
  42. 'King and Queen were absolute monarchs, yet fallibly human.'
  43. 'Cottret argues, for example, against the common characterization of Calvin as absolute ruler of Geneva.'
  44. 'The idea of an absolute monarch, imbued with the idea of his royal superiority, being disobeyed by his daughters and cast out into the cold, who comes to question the justice of his rule, was heady stuff.'
  45. 'But at page 253 Justice Sheller proposed an order making absolute the order nisi for certiorari.'
  46. 'It prevents the bank from paying the money to its customer until the garnishee order is made absolute, or is discharged, as the case may be.'
  47. 'What I submitted, and I would like to just clarify it, is that you cannot make an order nisi absolute, in my submission.'
Viewed or existing independently and not in relation to other things; not relative or comparative.
  1. 'It seems to me that what is really important in the recent poll figures on the New Hampshire primary is not the absolute numbers or the relative placing, but the graph of movement.'
  2. 'None of my opinions or misunderstandings work in absolute terms.'
  3. 'However, a useful estimate of the excess risk of a major extracranial bleed may be obtained indirectly by applying the proportional increase of about one half to the absolute risk of bleeding in that category of patients.'
  4. 'But the real issue was not so much the absolute size of the increment, but rather what the others in the Center got relative to oneself.'
  5. 'At 18 times historical earnings the FTSE, in my opinion, is still cheap in absolute terms.'
  6. 'Should we seek absolute standards or more relative assessments of performance in an imperfect world?'
  7. 'Nowadays Butler appears to confound normative ideals with something more absolute.'
  8. 'There is a problem when governments try to impose their absolute moral standards on the whole of society, without taking into account people's individual circumstances.'
  9. 'Relative to 2000, absolute room rates and occupancy levels have not declined by as much as in the London market.'
  10. 'But many economists believe that relative poverty rather than absolute standards is what matters.'
(of a construction) syntactically independent of the rest of the sentence, as in dinner being over, we left the table.
  1. 'Verbs grouped as absolute, relative, or nounal.'
  2. 'Though indefinite by default, the absolute quantifiers can be rendered definite through the use of a definite determiner.'


A value or principle which is regarded as universally valid or which may be viewed without relation to other things.
  1. 'Principles are not absolutes, but have to be given a weight.'
  2. 'The value and rightness of knowledge are not empirical absolutes, and the benefit of truth does not fit everyone the same.'
  3. 'As in the abortion debate, a little awareness of ethics will make us mistrustful of sound-bite-sized absolutes.'
  4. 'Art must have a conscience - it should not fear the absolute.'
  5. 'Christianity outdoes post-modernism by providing both a new approach to life and the absolute by which to measure it.'
  6. 'Apparently, the word is out that anyone who wants less than the absolute must want no protections whatsoever.'
  7. '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.'
  8. 'Die here, in the embrace of Mother Ganga, in Shiva's sacred city, and your spirit will be united with the Absolute, will find its longed-for, eternal, perfect, peace.'
  9. 'The idea of privation - of the diminishing of the plenitude of the Absolute was an important theme in Plotinus's Neoplatonism.'
  10. 'Left wing Hegelians associated the Absolute with material reality.'
  11. 'The identity which underlies all difference, including the fundamental difference between nature and spirit, he calls the Absolute.'
  12. 'This path also includes Daath, the ultimate balance between the Absolute and Creation.'
  13. 'However, one point must be made clear; this Shakti or God the Mother is not distinct from Shiva, the Absolute.'
  14. 'This is the full realization of divinity, gently fading into the Absolute in one eternal moment.'
  15. 'According to the absolute idealists, the world is one gigantic mind, or - to put it more impressively - the Absolute is experience.'
  16. 'The Universal Community, which possessed truth in its totality, became for Royce a viable alternative to the Absolute.'
  17. 'According to Ayurveda, like all Indian philosophies, the purpose of life is attaining salvation or unity of the soul with the Absolute.'


1. free from imperfection; complete; perfect: absolute liberty.

2. not mixed or adulterated; pure: absolute alcohol.

3. complete; outright: an absolute lie; an absolute denial.

4. free from restriction or limitation; not limited in any way: absolute command; absolute freedom.

5. unrestrained or unlimited by a constitution, counterbalancing group, etc., in the exercise of governmental power, especially when arbitrary or despotic: an absolute monarch.

6. viewed indep

More examples(as adjective)

"myths can be absolute in people."

"myths can be absolute in creatures."

"silences can be absolute for moments."

"selectivities can be absolute in tissues."

"rules can be absolute as plagues."

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Late Middle English: from Latin absolutus ‘freed, unrestricted’, past participle of absolvere (see absolve).