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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of absolvere; ABSOLVE

absolute

1 adjective
     
ab‧so‧lute1 S2 W3
1 complete or total:
I have absolute confidence in her.
We don't know with absolute certainty that the project will succeed.
2 [only before noun] especially British English informal used to emphasize your opinion about something or someone:
Some of the stuff on TV is absolute rubbish.
How did you do that? You're an absolute genius.
That meal last night cost an absolute fortune.
3 definite and not likely to change:
We need absolute proof that he took the money.
4 not restricted or limited:
an absolute monarch
Parents used to have absolute power over their children.
5 true, correct, and not changing in any situation:
You have an absolute right to refuse medical treatment.
6

in absolute terms

measured by itself, not in comparison with other things:
In absolute terms wages have risen, but not in comparison with the cost of living.

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