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English definition of “absolute”

absolute

adjective uk   /ˈæb.sə.luːt/ us  

absolute adjective (VERY GREAT)

B2 very great or to the largest degree possible: a man of absolute integrity/discretion I have absolute faith in her judgment. There was no absolute proof of fraud. B2 [before noun] used when expressing a strong opinion: He's an absolute idiot! That's absolute rubbish!

absolute adjective (NOT CHANGING)

[before noun] true, right, or the same in all situations and not depending on anything else: an absolute law/principle/doctrine Do you think there's such a thing as absolute truth/beauty? Her contribution was better than most, but in absolute terms (= without comparing it with anything else) it was still rather poor.

absolute adjective (POWERFUL)

describes a ruler who has unlimited power: an absolute monarch
(Definition of absolute from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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