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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!
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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 not very good.

absolute adjective (POWERFUL)

An absolute ruler has unlimited power: an absolute monarch
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