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being, governed by, or characteristic of a ruler or authority completely free from constitutional or other restraint

having no restriction, exception, or qualification

independent ofarbitrarystandards of measurement

relating to or derived in the simplest manner from the fundamental units of length, mass, and time

relating to, measured on, or being a temperature scale based onabsolute zero

standing apart from a normal or usual syntactical relation with other words or sentence elements

in the sentence this being the case, let us go

standing alone without a modified substantive

having no object in the particular construction under consideration though normally transitive

being self-sufficient and free of external references or relationships

being the true distance from an aircraft to the earths surface


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14th century, in the meaning defined atsense 1a

Middle Englishabsolut, borrowed from Latinabsoltus, from past participle ofabsolvereto set free, acquit, finish, complete more atabsolve

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