The Absolute is the concept of an unconditional reality which transcends limited, conditional, everyday existence. It is sometimes used as an alternate term for "God" or "the Divine" especially, but by no means exclusively, by those who feel that the term "God" lends itself too easily to anthropomorphic presumptions. The concept of The Absolute may or may not possess discrete will, intelligence, awareness, or a personal nature. It is sometimes conceived of as the source through which all being emanates. It contrasts with finite things, considered individually, and known collectively as the relative. This is reflected in its Latin ...

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  1. That which is independent of context-dependent interpretation, inviolate, fundamental. <ref name=SOED/>
    moral absolutes
  2. Any thing that is absolute. <ref name=SOED/>
  3. In a plane, the two imaginary circular points at infinity; in space of three dimensions, the imaginary circle at infinity.
  4. A realm which exists without reference to anything else; that which can be imagined purely by itself; absolute ego.
  5. The unity of spirit and nature; God.
  6. The whole of reality; the totality to which everything is reduced.
  7. Concentrated natural flower oil, used for perfumes.


  1. Absolved; free.
  2. Disengaged from accidental circumstances. <ref name=SOED/>
  3. Complete in itself; perfect. <ref name=SOED/>
  4. Not immediately dependent on the other parts of the sentence; as<ref name=SOED/>
    1. syntactically connected to the rest of the sentence in an atypical manner; ablative absolute; nominative absolute; genitive absolute; accusative absolute. <ref name=SOED/>
    2. standing by itself in a loose syntactical connection, and qualifying the sentence as a whole rather than any single word in it. <ref name=SOED/>
      Anyhow in 'anyhow, I made it home' is an absolute.
    3. lacking a modified substantive. <ref name=SOED/>
      Hungry in 'Feed the hungry.'
    4. expressing a relative term without a definite comparison.'<ref name=SOED/>
      Older in 'An older person should be treated with respect.
    5. having no direct object. <ref name=SOED/>
      Kill in 'If looks could kill...'
    6. an inflected verb that is not preceded by any number of articles or compounded with a preverb. <ref name=SOED/>
  5. Absorbed in, as an occupation. <ref name=SOED/>
  6. Unrestricted; in sole control; possessing absolute power; independent, as in ownership or authority. <ref name=SOED/>
  7. Pure; unmixed; as, absolute alcohol. <ref name=SOED/>
  8. Complete; utter; outright; unmitigated; entire; total; not qualified or diminished in any way; unrestricted; without limitation. <ref name=SOED/>
    When caught, he told an absolute lie.
  9. Unconditional ; free from any conditions, limitations, and relations ; <ref name=SOED/>
    1. having unlimited power, without limits set by a constitution, parliament, or other means. <ref name=SOED/>
    2. proceeding from or characteristic of an absolute ruler. <ref name=SOED/>
    3. Absolutist; arbitrary; despotic. <ref name=SOED/>
  10. Real; actual. <ref name=SOED/>
  11. Certain; free from doubt or uncertainty, as a person or prediction. <ref name=SOED/>
  12. Positive; unquestionable; peremptory. <ref name=SOED/>
  13. Free from conditional limitations; operating or existing in full under all circumstances without variation. <ref name=SOED/>
  14. Existing, able to be thought of, or able to be viewed without relation to other things. <ref name=SOED/>
    absolute motion
    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.
  15. Authoritative; peremptory.
  16. Fundamental; ultimate; intrinsic; free from the variability and error natural to the human way of thinking and perception. <ref name=SOED/>
  17. Independent of arbitrary units of measurement not comparative or relative as,
    1. having reference to or derived from the simplest manner from the fundamental units of mass, time, and length.
    2. relating to the absolute temperature scale.
  18. Complete; unconditional; final; without encumbrances; not liable to change or cancellation.
  19. Pertaining to a grading system based on the knowledge of the individual and not on the comparative knowledge of the group of students.
  20. Concerned entirely with expressing beauty and feelings, lacking meaningful reference.
  21. Utilizing the body to express ideas, independent of music and costumes.
  22. Indicating an expression that is true for all real number; unconditional.

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