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Absolute

Unqualified in extent or degree; total
Absolute silence.
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Obsolete

No longer in use
An obsolete word.
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Absolute

Not limited by restrictions or exceptions
An absolute right.
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Obsolete

Outmoded in design, style, or construction
An obsolete locomotive.
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Absolute

Being fully such; utter
An absolute fool.
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Obsolete

(Biology) Vestigial or rudimentary, especially in comparison with related or ancestral species, as the tailbone of an ape. Used of an organ or other part of an organism.
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Absolute

Unconstrained by constitutional or other provisions
An absolute ruler.
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Obsolete

To cause to become obsolete
"The textbook publishers use every trick known to the marketing mind to obsolete their products year after year, thus closing off the possibility of second-hand sales" (Thomas Frank).
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Absolute

Not mixed; pure
Absolute oxygen.
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Obsolete

(of words, equipment, etc.) No longer in use; gone into disuse; disused or neglected (often in favour of something newer).
It is speculated that, within a few years, the Internet's speedy delivery of news worldwide will make newspapers obsolete.
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Absolute

Not to be doubted or questioned; positive
Absolute proof.
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Obsolete

(biology) Imperfectly developed; not very distinct.
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Absolute

Of, relating to, or being a word, phrase, or construction that is isolated syntactically from the rest of a sentence, as the referee having finally arrived in The referee having finally arrived, the game began.
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Obsolete

To cause to become obsolete.
This software component has been obsoleted.
We are in the process of obsoleting this product.
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Absolute

Of, relating to, or being a transitive verb when its object is implied but not stated. For example, inspires in We have a teacher who inspires is an absolute verb.
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Obsolete

No longer in use; gone into disuse; disused; neglected; as, an obsolete word; an obsolete statute; - applied chiefly to words, writings, or observances.
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Absolute

Of, relating to, or being an adjective or pronoun that stands alone when the noun it modifies is being implied but not stated. For example, in Theirs were the best, theirs is an absolute pronoun and best is an absolute adjective.
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Obsolete

Not very distinct; obscure; rudimental; imperfectly developed; abortive.
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Absolute

Relating to measurements or units of measurement derived from fundamental units of length, mass, and time.
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Obsolete

To become obsolete; to go out of use.
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Absolute

Relating to absolute temperature.
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Obsolete

Old; no longer in use or valid or fashionable;
Obsolete words
An obsolete locomotive
Outdated equipment
Superannuated laws
Out-of-date ideas
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Absolute

(Law) Complete and unconditional; final
An absolute divorce.
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Obsolete

No longer in use;
Obsolete words
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Absolute

Something that is absolute.
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Absolute

Something regarded as the ultimate and transcendent basis of all thought and being. Used with the.
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Absolute

Something regarded as exceeding or transcending everything else to the point of being independent and unrelated.
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Absolute

Free of restrictions, limitations, qualifications or conditions; unconditional.
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Absolute

Unrestricted by laws, a constitution, or parliamentary or judicial or other checks; (legally) unlimited in power, especially if despotic.
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Absolute

Free from imperfection, perfect, complete; especially, perfectly embodying a quality in its essential characteristics or to its highest degree.
Absolute purity, absolute liberty
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Absolute

Pure, free from mixture or adulteration; unmixed.
Absolute alcohol
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Absolute

Complete, utter, outright; unmitigated, not qualified or diminished in any way.
When caught, he told an absolute lie.
An absolute denial of all charges
You're an absolute genius!
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Absolute

Positive, certain; unquestionable; not in doubt.
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Absolute

(archaic) Certain; free from doubt or uncertainty (e.g. a person, opinion or prediction).
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Absolute

Fundamental, ultimate, intrinsic; not relative; independent of references or relations to other things or standards.
The doctrine that absolute knowledge of things is possible, an absolute principle
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.
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Absolute

(physics) Independent of arbitrary units of measurement, standards, or properties; not comparative or relative.
Absolute velocity, absolute motion, absolute position
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Absolute

Having reference to or derived in the simplest manner from the fundamental units of mass, time, and length.
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Absolute

Relating to the absolute temperature scale (based on absolute zero); kelvin.
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Absolute

(grammar) Not immediately dependent on the other parts of the sentence; not in a syntactical relation with other parts of a text, or qualifying the text as a whole rather than any single word in it, like "it being over" in "it being over, she left".
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Absolute

(of a case form) Syntactically connected to the rest of the sentence in an atypical manner, or not relating to or depending on it, like in the nominative absolute or genitive absolute, accusative absolute or ablative absolute.
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Absolute

(of an adjective or possessive pronoun) Lacking a modified substantive, like "hungry" in "feed the hungry".
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Absolute

Expressing a relative term without a definite comparison, like "older" in "an older person should be treated with respect".
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Absolute

Positive; not graded (not comparative or superlative).
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Absolute

(of a usually transitive verb) Having no direct object, like "kill" in "if looks could kill".
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Absolute

(of Celtic languages) Being or pertaining to an inflected verb that is not preceded by any number of particles or compounded with a preverb.
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Absolute

(math) As measured using an absolute value.
Absolute deviation
Absolute square
Mean absolute difference
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Absolute

(math) Indicating an expression that is true for all real numbers, or of all values of the variable; unconditional.
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Absolute

(education) Pertaining to a grading system based on the knowledge of the individual and not on the comparative knowledge of the group of students.
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Absolute

Independent of (references to) other arts; expressing things (beauty, ideas, etc) only in one art.
Absolute music
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Absolute

Indicating that a tenure or estate in land is not conditional or liable to terminate on (strictly) any occurrence or certain kinds of occurrence.
A freehold property is an estate in fee simple absolute in possession.
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Absolute

(obsolete) Absolved; free.
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Absolute

That which exists (or has a certain property, nature, size, etc) independent of references to other standards or external conditions; that which is universally valid; that which is not relative, conditional, qualified or mitigated.
Moral absolutes
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Absolute

(geometry) In a plane, the two imaginary circular points at infinity; in space of three dimensions, the imaginary circle at infinity.
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Absolute

A realm which exists without reference to anything else; that which can be imagined purely by itself; absolute ego.
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Absolute

The whole of reality; the totality to which everything is reduced; the unity of spirit and nature; God.
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Absolute

(chemistry) A concentrated natural flower oil, used for perfumes; an alcoholic extract of a concrete.
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Absolute

Loosed from any limitation or condition; uncontrolled; unrestricted; unconditional; as, absolute authority, monarchy, sovereignty, an absolute promise or command; absolute power; an absolute monarch.
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Absolute

Complete in itself; perfect; consummate; faultless; as, absolute perfection; absolute beauty.
So absolute she seems,And in herself complete.
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Absolute

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.
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Absolute

Loosed from, or unconnected by, dependence on any other being; self-existent; self-sufficing.
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Absolute

Capable of being thought or conceived by itself alone; unconditioned; non-relative.
To Cusa we can indeed articulately trace, word and thing, the recent philosophy of the absolute.
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Absolute

Positive; clear; certain; not doubtful.
I am absolute 't was very Cloten.
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Absolute

Authoritative; peremptory.
The peddler stopped, and tapped her on the head,With absolute forefinger, brown and ringed.
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Absolute

Pure; unmixed; as, absolute alcohol.
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Absolute

Not immediately dependent on the other parts of the sentence in government; as, the case absolute. See Ablative absolute, under Ablative.
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Absolute

In a plane, the two imaginary circular points at infinity; in space of three dimensions, the imaginary circle at infinity.
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Absolute

Something that is conceived to be absolute; something that does not depends on anything else and is beyond human control;
No mortal being can influence the absolute
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Absolute

Perfect or complete or pure;
Absolute loyalty
Absolute silence
Absolute truth
Absolute alcohol
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Absolute

Complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers;
Absolute freedom
An absolute dimwit
A downright lie
Out-and-out mayhem
An out-and-out lie
A rank outsider
Many right-down vices
Got the job through sheer persistence
Sheer stupidity
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Absolute

Not limited by law;
An absolute monarch
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Absolute

Expressing finality with no implication of possible change;
An absolute (or unequivocal) quarantee to respect the nation's authority
Inability to make a conclusive (or unequivocal) refusal
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Absolute

Without conditions or limitations;
A total ban
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Absolute

Not capable of being violated or infringed;
Infrangible human rights
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