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adv. Completely, absolutely, perfectly, without qualification, simply, unreservedly. Without any condition or encumbrance, as an 'absolute bond,' simplex obligatio, in distinction from a conditional bond; an absolute estate, one that is free from all manner of condition or encumbrance; unrestricted or unconditional. A rule is said to be absolute, when, on the hearing, it is confirmed. Loosed from any limitation or condition; uncontrolled; unrestricted; unconditional; as, absolute authority, monarchy, sovereignty, an absolute promise or command; absolute power; an absolute monarch. Complete in itself; perfect; consummate; faultless; as, absolute perfection; absolute beauty. Viewed apart from modifying influences or without comparison with other objects; actual; real; - opposed to relative and comparative; as, absolute motion; absolute time or space.


 - n. 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. Loosed from, or unconnected by, dependence on any other being; self-existent; self-sufficing. In this sense, God is called the Absolute by the Theist. The term is also applied by the Pantheist to the universe, or the total of all existence, as only capable of ...

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