An example of absolute silence would be total silence with no noise at all.
An absolute ruler.
An example of an absolute is the idea that everyone will die some day.
An absolute divorce.
An absolute certainty.
Absolute time or space.
Absolute rights and duties are such as pertain to man in a state of nature as contradistinguished from relative rights and duties, or such as pertain to him in his social relations.
An absolute truth.
- (of a case form) Syntactically connected to the rest of the sentence in an atypical manner; ablative absolute; nominative absolute; genitive absolute; accusative absolute. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.].
- Standing by itself in a loose syntactical connection, and qualifying the sentence as a whole rather than any single word in it. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.].Anyhow in 'anyhow, I made it home' is an absolute.
- (of an adjective or possessive pronoun) Lacking a modified substantive. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.].Hungry in 'Feed the hungry.'.
- (comparative, superlative) Expressing a relative term without a definite comparison.'[First attested around 1350 to 1470.].Older in 'An older person should be treated with respect.
- Having no direct object. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.].Kill in 'If looks could kill...'.
- Having reference to or derived from the simplest manner from the fundamental units of mass, time, and length.
- Relating to the absolute temperature scale.
- Ultimate reality regarded as uncaused, unmodified, unified and complete, timeless, etc.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of absolute
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- First attested around 1380. From Middle English absolut, from Middle French absolut, from Latin absolūtus (“unconditional; unfettered; completed”), perfect passive participle of absolvō (“loosen, set free, complete”), from Latin ab (“away”) + solvo (“to loose”). Influenced in part by Old French absolu. Compare absolve.