absolute - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [only before noun] very great, or complete: used for emphasizing an opinion, feeling, or statement

    The way they’ve been treated is an absolute disgrace.

    I have absolute confidence in her.

    You’re talking absolute nonsense.

    1. a.
      used for emphasizing that something is the most or least possible in a particular situation

      £9,000 is the absolute maximum we can spend.

  2. 2
    [usually before noun] measured in itself, not in relation to anything else

    Health spending has increased in absolute terms, but not as a proportion of national income.

  3. 3
    [usually before noun] true or right in all situations

    Do you believe in absolute moral values?

  4. 4
    [only before noun] used for talking about a political system in which complete power is held by one person, and is not shared with a parliament or other political group

    an absolute monarchy