from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Definitely and completely; unquestionably.
  • adv. Grammar In a manner that does not take an object.
  • adv. Grammar In an absolute relationship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a manner that does not take an object.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In an absolute, independent, or unconditional manner; wholly; positively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Completely; wholly; independently; without restriction, limitation, or qualification; unconditionally; positively; peremptorily.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. totally and definitely; without question
  • adv. completely and without qualification; used informally as intensifiers


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  • It is, we think, impossible to compare the sentence which prohibits a State from laying “imposts, or duties on imports or exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing its inspection laws, ” with that which authorizes Congress “to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution” the powers of the general government, without feeling a conviction that the convention understood itself to change materially the meaning of the word “necessary, ” by prefixing the word “absolutely.

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  • Another gap followed during the troublous reign of Richard III., but by the end of the fifteenth century, when Henry VII. felt his title absolutely secure, and his dynasty established, the west end was quite finished, within and without, while then, and then only, the last remains of the old nave were cleared away.

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