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Absolute (comparative more absolute or (rarely) absoluter, superlative most absolute or (rarely) absolutest)

  1. Loosed from any limitation or condition; uncontrolled; unrestricted; unconditional; as, absolute authority, monarchy, sovereignty, an absolute promise or command.
  2. Complete in itself; perfect; consummate; faultless.
  3. Viewed apart from modifying influences or without comparison with other objects; actual; real; — opposed to relative and comparative; as, absolute motion; absolute time or space.
  4. Loosed from, or unconnected by, dependence on any other being; self-existent; self-sufficing.
  5. Capable of being thought or conceived by itself alone; unconditioned; non-relative.
  6. (chemistry) Pure; unmixed; as, absolute alcohol.
  7. (grammar) Not immediately dependent on the other parts of the sentence in government; as, the case absolute. (See ablative absolute.)


Absolute (plural Absolutes)
  1. That which is independent of context-dependent interpretation, inviolate, fundamental.
  2. (geometry) In a plane, the two imaginary circular points at infinity; in space of three dimensions, the imaginary circle at infinity.

Synonyms for Absolute

positive, peremptory, certain, unconditional, unlimited, unrestricted, unqualified, arbitrary, despotic, autocratic, ultimate, perfect, thorough, total, supreme, entire, unrestricted, complete, unconditional, despotic, arbitrary, imperative, tyrannous, authoritative, positive, dogmatic, commanding, pre-emptory, autocratic, unlimited.

Antonyms for Absolute

mild, humble, meek, docile, yielding, gentle, submissive, lowly, insufficient, part, contingent, complaisant, accountable, responsible, limited, lenient, tractable.


absolutist; absolutistic; abstract; accurate; actual; adducible; admissible; admitting no exception; admitting no question; affirmative; affirmatory; all right; all-embracing; all-encompassing; all-out; all-pervading; all-powerful; almighty; alone; apodictic; arbitrary; aristocratic; arrant; arrogant; ascendant; assertative; assertional; assertive; assuring; attestative; attestive; autarchic; authentic; authoritarian; authoritative; authorized; autocratic; autonomous; azygous; bare; based on; beyond all praise; binding; born; bossy; bound; boundless; broad-based; bureaucratic; categorical; celibate; certain; circumstantial; civic; civil; clarified; classical; clean; clear; clear and distinct; clear as day; clothed with authority; commanding; competent; complete; comprehensive; compulsory; conclusive; concrete; confirmable; congenital; consequential; considerable; constitutional; consummate; controlling; convictional; convincing; correct; crass; cumulative; damning; de facto; dead right; decided; decisive; declarative; declaratory; decretory; deep-dyed; defectless; defined; definite; definitive; democratic; demonstrable; demonstratable; despotic; detailed; determinate; determinative; dictated; dictatorial; different; distilled; distinct; distinguished; documentary; documented; dominant; domineering; downright; duly constituted; dyed-in-the-wool; egregious; eminent; emphatic; empowered; entailed; entire; esoteric; especial; eternal; evidential; evidentiary; ex officio; ex parte; exceptional; exhaustive; explicit; express; extraordinary; eye-witness; factual; fascist; faultless; federal; federalist; federalistic; feudal; final; finished; first and last; firsthand; fixed; flagrant; flat; flat-out; flawless; for real; founded on; free; full; genuine; glaring; global; governing; governmental; great; grinding; gross; grounded on; gubernatorial; hard; hard-and-fast; haste; hearsay; hegemonic; hegemonistic; heteronomous; high-handed; historical; honest-to-God; ideal; illimitable; immaculate; impair; impeccable; imperative; imperial; imperious; implicit; important; imposed; impressive; inappealable; incontestable; incontrovertible; indefectible; indefective; independent; indicative; indisputable; individual; indubitable; ineluctable; inevitable; infallible; infinite; influential; inner; intensive; intimate; intolerable; irrefragable; irrefutable; irreproachable; irresistible; irrevocable; just; just right; leading; letter-perfect; limitless; lone; lordly; magisterial; magistral; mandated; mandatory; masterful; material; matriarchal; matriarchic; meticulous; mighty; minute; momentous; monarchal; monarchial; monarchic; monocratic; must; naked; neat; necessary; no strings; noteworthy; nuncupative; obligatory; odd; official; okay; oligarchal; oligarchic; omnibus; omnipotent; omnipresent; one and only; only; only-begotten; open; oppressive; out-and-out; outright; overbearing; overruling; overwhelming; parliamentarian; parliamentary; particular; patriarchal; patriarchic; peerless; peremptory; perfect; perfectly sure; personal; persuasive; pervasive; plain; plenary; plenipotentiary; plumb; pluralistic; political; positive; potent; powerful; precious; precise; predestined; predetermined; predicational; predicative; preeminent; prescript; prescriptive; prestigious; presumptive; private; probative; profound; prominent; pronounced; proper; provable; puissant; pure; purified; radical; rank; ranking; real; rectified; regular; reliable; repressive; republican; required; respective; right; round; ruling; satisfactory; satisfying; self-evident; self-governing; senior; several; severe; shattering; sheer; shocking; significant; simple; singular; sinless; sole; solipsistic; sovereign; special; specific; spotless; stainless; stark; stark-staring; straight; straight-out; straight-up-and-down; strict; substantial; suggestive; superior; superlative; suppressive; supreme; sure; sure-enough; surpassing; sweeping; symptomatic; taintless; telling; testable; the veriest; theocratic; thorough; thoroughgoing; through-and-through; total; totalitarian; transcendent; transcendental; transparent; true; tyrannical; tyrannous; ubiquitous; ultimate; unadulterated; unalloyed; unambiguous; unanswerable; unbearable; unblemished; unblended; unbound; unbounded; uncircumscribed; uncombined; uncompounded; unconditional; unconditioned; unconfined; unconfutable; unconscionable; unconstrained; uncontaminated; uncorrupted; undeniable; undiluted; undoubting; unequivocal; unfaultable; unflawed; unfortified; unhampered; unhesitating; unimpeachable; unique; universal; univocal; unleavened; unlimited; unmeasured; unmingled; unmistakable; unmitigated; unmixed; unpaired; unqualified; unquestionable; unquestioning; unrefutable; unrelieved; unrepeated; unreserved; unrestrained; unrestricted; unsophisticated; unspoiled; unspotted; untainted; untinged; unwaivable; utter; valid; verifiable; veritable; weighty; whole; wholesale; wide-open; without appeal; without exception; without reserve; without strings