absolute Definition

  • 1not qualified or diminished in any way; total
  • 2viewed or existing independently and not in relation to other things; not relative or comparative
  • 3a value or principle that is regarded as universally valid or that which exists without being dependent on anything else

Using absolute: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "absolute" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

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    The company has absolute control over the production process.

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    I have absolute faith in her abilities.

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    The painting is an absolute masterpiece.

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    Absolute silence is required during the exam.

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    The concept of absolute truth is debated among philosophers.

absolute Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with absolute

  • unrestricted authority or control over others


    The dictator had absolute power over the country.

  • a form of government where a monarch has complete control over the country


    Before the French Revolution, France was an absolute monarchy.

  • the lowest possible temperature, at which all substances have zero entropy


    Absolute zero is -273.15 degrees Celsius.

Origins of absolute

from Latin 'absolutus', meaning 'loosened, unrestricted'


Summary: absolute in Brief

The term 'absolute' [ˈæbsəluːt] refers to something that is not qualified or diminished in any way, viewed or existing independently, or a value or principle that is regarded as universally valid. It can be used to describe concepts like 'absolute power' or 'absolute zero.' 'Absolute' is often paired with synonyms like 'complete' or 'unrestricted,' and antonyms like 'partial' or 'limited.'

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