Adjective "absolutist" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


A person who holds absolute principles in political, philosophical, or theological matters.
  1. 'Ethical absolutists will argue that once we allow cloning, even for therapeutic purposes, there'll be no turning back.'
  2. 'His most renowned protagonist is an absolutist.'
  3. 'There seem to be good reasons for utilitarians to be in favor of it, and absolutists cannot object to it on the ground that it involves killing the innocent.'
  4. 'Despite the protests of First Amendment absolutists, both of these measures would probably be constitutional.'
  5. 'She is an absolutist, despising those opportunists who take time out of normal life for a little promiscuity.'


Relating to or supporting absolute principles.
  1. 'these claims might strike many people as absolutist and extreme'
  2. 'The growth of royal power led to the development of an absolutist state at the end of the seventeenth century.'
  3. 'At the same time, rural interests often take an absolutist view of property rights.'
  4. 'The inner life of a nation is linked with the modern mass army in a way it could not have been with the absolutist armies of the earlier period.'
  5. 'Indeed, it is an absolutist claim echoed in a leading article in the journal.'
  6. 'An absolutist account of individual rights leaves no opportunity to formulate more stringent policies for the procurement of organs.'


1. the principle or the exercise of complete and unrestricted power in government.

2. any theory holding that values, principles, etc., are absolute and not relative, dependent, or changeable.

More examples(as adjective)

"states can be absolutist."

"conceptions can be absolutist."

"views can be absolutist."

"tendencies can be absolutist."

"tempers can be absolutist."

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