Definition of absolute adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈæbsəluːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈæbsəluːt//
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  1. 1  total 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 rubbish on television tonight. He must earn an absolute fortune. 110 MB is the absolute minimum you need to run 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. see also decree absolute
  4. 4(of a legal decision) final The divorce became absolute last week.
  5. 5not limited or restricted absolute power/authority an absolute ruler/monarchy (= one with no limit to their power)
  6. 6existing 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
  7. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin absolutus ‘freed, unrestricted’, past participle of absolvere ‘set free, acquit’, from ab- ‘from’ + solvere ‘loosen’.Extra examples 4Mb is the absolute minimum you need to run the program. He demands absolute obedience from his men. I’ve joined a class for absolute beginners. There’s absolute rubbish on television tonight. They drove back to the house in absolute silence. This room is an absolute disgrace.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: absolute