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Word: absolute

Definition: complete; totally unlimited; having complete power; certain; not relative; Ex. absolute honesty/ruler; CF. absolutism


Sentences Containing 'absolute'

``In the first place,''replied Mr. Gardiner,``there is no absolute proof that they are not gone to Scotland.''
His daughter's request, for such it might be considered, of being admitted into her family again before she set off for the North, received at first an absolute negative.
And in art it is the same; all those who have aimed at an absolute perfection have usually ended in a deadness.
One may almost doubt if the wisest man has learned anything of absolute value by living.
When we are unhurried and wise, we perceive that only great and worthy things have any permanent and absolute existence, that petty fears and petty pleasures are but the shadow of the reality.
It indicates better than any water hereabouts the absolute progress of the season, being least affected by transient changes of temperature.
It is not so important that many should be as good as you, as that there be some absolute goodness somewhere; for that will leaven the whole lump.
The progress from an absolute to a limited monarchy, from a limited monarchy to a democracy, is a progress toward a true respect for the individual.
you only learn THE shape of the river, and you learn it with such absolute certainty that you can always steer by the shape that's IN YOUR HEAD, and never mind the one that's before your eyes.'
First of all, there is one faculty which a pilot must incessantly cultivate until he has brought it to absolute perfection.
So here was the novelty of a king without a keeper, an absolute monarch who was absolute in sober truth and not by a fiction of words.
The owners and captains were the only obstruction that lay between the association and absolute power; and at last this one was removed.
For we were in the absolute South now no modifications, no compromises, no half way measures.
I can well believe that so learned a person as yourself would prefer absolute solitude to being tormented with the company of one as ignorant and uninformed as myself.
I was tutor to his nephews, who are dead; and when he was alone in the world, I tried by absolute devotion to his will, to make up to him all he had done for me during ten years of unremitting kindness.
``Well, then, only fulfil your promise of rescuing Peppino, and henceforward you shall receive not only devotion, but the most absolute obedience from myself and those under me that one human being can render to another.''
Within this mansion you are absolute mistress of your actions, and may go abroad or remain in your apartments as may seem most agreeable to you.
To sleep after the manner I speak of, absolute calm and silence are necessary, and then a certain preparation''``I know the famous hashish!''
The value, both of their produce and of their rent, is in proportion to their absolute, and not to their relative fertility.
Under all absolute governments, there is more liberty in the capital than in any other part of the country.
She might, perhaps, have gained an absolute, but she would certainly have lost a relative advantage.
But the temporal power of the clergy, the absolute command which they had once had over the great body of the people was very much decayed.
The concordat afterwards, in the sixteenth century, gave to the kings of France the absolute right of presenting to all the great, or what are called the consistorial, benefices of the Gallican church.
The sovereign feels that he must provide for such exigencies by saving, because he foresees the absolute impossibility of borrowing.
Of an operation and of a purpose there is an ending, or of an action and of a purpose we say commonly, that it is at an end: from opinion also there is an absolute cessation, which is as it were the death of it.
Either fate, (and that either an absolute necessity, and unavoidable decree; or a placable and flexible Providence) or all is a mere casual confusion, void of all order and government.
If an absolute and unavoidable necessity, why doest thou resist?
When we reach the Arctic regions, or snow-capped summits, or absolute deserts, the struggle for life is almost exclusively with the elements.
Natural selection will not produce absolute perfection, nor do we always meet, as far as we can judge, with this high standard under nature.
Natural selection will not necessarily lead to absolute perfection; nor, as far as we can judge by our limited faculties, can absolute perfection be everywhere predicated.
The wonder, indeed, is, on the theory of natural selection, that more cases of the want of absolute perfection have not been detected.
By the policy of Ferdinand and Ximenez the sovereign had been made absolute, and the Church and Inquisition adroitly adjusted to keep him so.
But what the duchess marvelled at above all was that Sancho's simplicity could be so great as to make him believe as absolute truth that Dulcinea had been enchanted, when it was he himself who had been the enchanter and trickster in the business.
What never was seen, or heard of, may yet be conceived; nor is any thing beyond the power of thought, except what implies an absolute contradiction.
And what have we to oppose to such a cloud of witnesses, but the absolute impossibility or miraculous nature of the events, which they relate?
They durst not assert the absolute insufficiency of human evidence, to prove a miracle.
The queen-regent of France, who was extremely prejudiced against the Port-Royal, sent her own physician to examine the miracle, who returned an absolute convert.
He is not a bad fellow, though an absolute imbecile in his profession.
However innocent he might be, he could not be such an absolute imbecile as not to see that the circumstances were very black against him.
"I think, Watson, that you are now standing in the presence of one of the most absolute fools in Europe.
The shutters cut off the least ray of light, and we waited in absolute darkness.
I have a professional commission for you, but absolute secrecy is quite essential--absolute secrecy, you understand, and of course we may expect that more from a man who is alone than from one who lives in the bosom of his family.'
"'Absolute and complete silence before, during, and after?
Yet it was quite certain, from the absolute stillness, that we were in the country.
Then the thought of the absolute security in which humanity appeared to be living came to my mind.
Mr. Dick professed an absolute certainty of having seen him before, and we both said, 'Very likely.'
Once, life and property must have reached almost absolute safety.
But that perfect state had lacked one thing even for mechanical perfection--absolute permanency.
He took up the lamp, and, in an absolute silence, we returned to the smoking-room.
It is not so important that many should be good as you, as that there be some absolute goodness somewhere; for that will leaven the whole lump.

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