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Absolute directness was a part of her nature; she could die, but not manouvre.

It is there, not only with its help, but with its absolute knowledge of the right way for me to act.

What if their necessity of simulating it comes of its absolute necessity!

Though the right to live is absolute, it is not unconditional.

There is no good art, any more than there is good anything else in the absolute sense.

Again, Garson shook his head in absolute refusal of her plea.

It was his absolute abandonment to passion which made Shakespeare the supreme poet.

They were lords of the sea, absolute masters, that was to say, of half the world!

When one has got an absolute lead-pipe cinch, it's two to one against its coming off.

This invention gives the desired result with absolute certainty.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "unrestricted; complete, perfect;" also "not relative to something else" (mid-15c.), from Middle French absolut (14c., Old French asolu, Modern French absolu), from Latin absolutus, past participle of absolvere "to set free, make separate" (see absolve).

Most of the current senses also were in the Latin word. Sense evolution was "detached, disengaged," thus "perfect, pure." Meaning "despotic" (1610s) is from notion of "absolute in position." Absolute monarchy is recorded from 1735 (absolute king is recorded from 1610s); scientific absolute magnitude (1902), absolute value (1907) are from early 20c. In metaphysics, the absolute "that which is absolute" is from 1809.

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