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absolute value the magnitude of a real number irrespective of its sign; distance of a real number from zero. [2 definitions]
absolute zero the lowest possible temperature for any known substance, equal to -273.15 degrees Celsius or -459.67 degrees Fahrenheit.
absolution in Christian theology, a declaration of forgiveness of one's sins by a priest after confession and penance. [3 definitions]
absolutism the principle or practice of absolute, unrestrained governmental power.
absolutist of or relating to government by total, unrestrained power. [3 definitions]
absolve to free from consequences, blame, or guilt. [3 definitions]
absorb to take in or soak up. [3 definitions]
absorbable combined form of absorb.
absorbed deeply engaged or involved.
absorbent capable of absorbing. [2 definitions]
absorbing very interesting; engaging.
absorption the act of absorbing or state of being absorbed. [2 definitions]
abstain to choose to refrain from something, esp. from actions or things considered to be unhealthy or unwise. [2 definitions]
abstemious exercising restraint or moderation in eating and drinking. [2 definitions]
abstention the act or practice, or an instance, of abstaining. [2 definitions]
abstinence the denial of satisfaction of one's appetites, esp. the appetite for certain foods, drugs, or sexual activity. [2 definitions]
abstract existing as something without material form or substance. [13 definitions]
abstractable combined form of abstract.
abstracted preoccupied; engrossed.
abstract expressionism (sometimes cap.) a school of painting that arose after World War II and that was marked by expressive but nonrepresentational images formed by an apparently random and often unconventional application of paint.
abstraction the act of removing or separating. [4 definitions]