1350–1400; Middle English
< Latin absolūtus
free, unrestricted, unconditioned (past participle of absolvere
), equivalent to ab- ab-
loosen + -tus
past participle suffix
absoluteness, nounnonabsolute, adjective, nounnonabsolutely, adverbnonabsoluteness, nounquasi-absolute, adjectivequasi-absolutely, adverbsubabsolute, adjective
unadulterated, sheer, unqualified, undiluted, uncontaminated. 4.
total, unconditional. Absolute, unqualified, utter
all mean unmodified. Absolute
implies an unquestionable finality: an absolute coward. Unqualified
means without reservations or conditions: an unqualified success. Utter
expresses totality or entirety: an utter failure. 5.
autocratic, dictatorial, totalitarian. 6.
unequivocal, definite, sure.
imperfect, flawed. 2.
mixed, diluted, contaminated. 4.