Use absolute as a noun or an adjective when you're so sure of something that you know it will never change. For example, a devout person's belief in life after death is an absolute; that person has absolute faith in the afterlife.

Absolute can also mean "without any doubt," as in the case of an absolute beauty — such as a glamorous movie star or a supermodel — or "without limits," such as a dictator who has absolute power over the people. Or, absolute can describe a final demand that must be met, such as the absolute conditions a person buying a home might present to its seller — it's the last step and can make or break the sale.

Definitions of absolute
  1. adjective
    perfect or complete or pure
    absolute loyalty”
    absolute silence”
    absolute truth”
    lacking compromising or mitigating elements; exact
    implicit, unquestioning
    being without doubt or reserve
    total and all-embracing
    (informal) absolute
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    comparative, relative
    estimated by comparison; not absolute or complete
    having a relation or being related
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  2. adjective
    complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers
    absolute freedom”
    “an absolute dimwit”
    synonyms: downright, out-and-out, rank, right-down, sheer
    having every necessary or normal part or component or step
  3. adjective
    expressing finality with no implication of possible change
    “an absolute guarantee to respect the nation's authority”
    unambiguous, unequivocal, univocal
    admitting of no doubt or misunderstanding; having only one meaning or interpretation and leading to only one conclusion
  4. adjective
    not capable of being violated or infringed
    synonyms: infrangible, inviolable
    inalienable, unalienable
    incapable of being repudiated or transferred to another
  5. adjective
    not limited by law
    “an absolute monarch”
    based on or subject to individual discretion or preference or sometimes impulse or caprice
  6. noun
    something that is conceived or that exists independently and not in relation to other things; something that does not depend on anything else and is beyond human control; something that is not relative
    “no mortal being can influence the absolute
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    type of:
    abstract, abstraction
    a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
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