Meaning of ABSOLUTE in English

ABSOLUTE

transcription, транскрипция: [ æbsəlu:t ]

( absolutes)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.

1.

Absolute means total and complete.

It’s not really suited to absolute beginners...

A sick person needs absolute confidence and trust in a doctor.

= complete

ADJ : usu ADJ n

2.

You use absolute to emphasize something that you are saying.

About 12 inches wide is the absolute minimum you should consider...

I think it’s absolute nonsense.

= complete

ADJ : ADJ n [ emphasis ]

3.

An absolute ruler has complete power and authority over his or her country.

He ruled with absolute power.

ADJ : ADJ n

4.

Absolute is used to say that something is definite and will not change even if circumstances change.

They had given an absolute assurance that it would be kept secret.

ADJ : usu ADJ n

5.

An amount that is expressed in absolute terms is expressed as a fixed amount rather than referring to variable factors such as what you earn or the effects of inflation.

In absolute terms British wages remain low by European standards.

≠ real

ADJ : ADJ n

6.

Absolute rules and principles are believed to be true, right, or relevant in all situations.

There are no absolute rules.

≠ relative

ADJ : usu ADJ n

7.

An absolute is a rule or principle that is believed to be true, right, or relevant in all situations.

N-COUNT

8.

see also decree absolute

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