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absolute

ab·so·lute

absolute

 
pronunciation:
aeb s lut
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: precise, exact.
The results of the two experiments were in absolute agreement.
synonyms:
complete, entire, perfect, total, utter
antonyms:
partial
similar words:
categorical, clear, consummate, exact, outright, plenary, precise, pure, stark, thorough, thoroughgoing, very
definition 2: free of restrictions or limits.
The general had absolute authority to make this kind of decision.
synonyms:
autocratic, infinite, plenary, unconditional, unlimited, unqualified, utter
antonyms:
conditional, dependent, limited, qualified
similar words:
all-out, arbitrary, arrant, blank, categorical, complete, despotic, dictatorial, free, implicit, positive, radical, sovereign, strict, total, unbounded, unconditioned, unrestrained
definition 3: unadulterated; pure.
He stared at her in absolute astonishment.
synonyms:
pure, sheer, unadulterated
antonyms:
mixed
similar words:
arrant, complete, downright, out-and-out, outright, plain, positive, straight-out, thorough, thoroughgoing, unalloyed
definition 4: free of any external standard; not relative.
Is there an absolute truth?
antonyms:
comparative, flexible, relative
similar words:
bare, categorical, fundamental, independent, inherent, innate, intrinsic, perfect, positive, true, ultimate, very
definition 5: unquestionable; positive.
She gave her answer with absolute certainty.
synonyms:
complete, indisputable, indubitable, outright, sure, undeniable, unequivocal, unmitigated, unqualified, unquestionable
antonyms:
questionable
similar words:
axiomatic, categorical, certain, clear, decided, definite, downright, flat, irrefutable, positive, unambiguous, undoubted
definition 6: in grammar, syntactically independent, or nearly so, as "the weather being chilly" in the sentence "The weather being chilly, we stayed home."
an absolute clausean absolute construction
similar words:
independent, subordinate
 
part of speech: noun
definition: something that is free from any external standard of existence or definition.
In creating art, there are no absolutes.
antonyms:
relative
similar words:
ultimate
derivation: absoluteness (n.)
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Word Parts
The word absolute contains the following part:
ab-, abs- Latin prefix that means from, away from
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Most words containing the prefix ab- , abs- are Latin loanwords, so the bases are Latin roots. ab- becomes abs- before bases beginning with "t," such as "tract."