from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A political theory holding that all power should be vested in one ruler or other authority.
- n. A form of government in which all power is vested in a single ruler or other authority.
- n. An absolute doctrine, principle, or standard.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Positiveness; the state of being absolute.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state of being absolute; the system or doctrine of the absolute; the principles or practice of absolute or arbitrary government; despotism.
- n. Doctrine of absolute decrees.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being absolute.
- n. The principle of absolute individual power in government; belief in the unrestricted right of determination or disposal in a sovereign.
- n. The theological doctrine of predestination or absolute decrees.
- n. The metaphysical doctrines of the absolutists.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the doctrine of an absolute being
- n. a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
- n. dominance through threat of punishment and violence
- n. the principle of complete and unrestricted power in government
First attested in 1753 for the theology sense, and 1830 for the political sense. From absolute + -ism after French absolutisme. (Wiktionary)