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Definition of absolute adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˌæbsəˈlut//
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  1. 1total and complete a class for absolute beginners absolute confidence/trust/silence/truth “You're wrong,” she said with absolute certainty. Around them the darkness was absolute, the silence oppressive.
  2. 2[only before noun] used, especially in spoken English, to give emphasis to what you are saying There's absolute garbage on television tonight. He must earn an absolute fortune. 110 MB is the absolute minimum you need to install the program. What an absolute idiot I've been!
  3. 3definite and without any doubt or confusion There was no absolute proof. He taught us that the laws of physics were absolute. The divorce became absolute last week.
  4. 4not limited or restricted absolute power/authority an absolute ruler/monarchy (= one with no limit to their power)
  5. 5existing or measured independently and not in relation to something else Although prices are falling in absolute terms, energy is still expensive. Beauty cannot be measured by any absolute standard. compare relative
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: absolute