from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being absolute; independence of everything extraneous; unlimitedness; absolute power; independent reality; positiveness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being absolute; independence; completeness; the state of being subject to no extraneous restriction or control; positiveness; perfection.

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

  • n. the quality of being absolute
  • n. the quality of being complete or utter or extreme


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From absolute +‎ -ness.


  • If some rules are aboslute, do they vanish when their absoluteness is challenged?

    Wilde: Notes, outline

  • L results; that is to say, the so-called absoluteness arguments are missing.

    Kurt Gödel

  • It is the "absoluteness" of the proponents 'convictions and the ruthless persecution of anyone who doesn't share their views that prevents not only a real conversation but new approaches or solutions to some of the problems facing our country.

    Old Enough to Vote, Enlist and Marry, but to Drink?

  • This kind of absoluteness of human knowledge caused errors in the German school, which I have already discussed.

    Antonio Rosmini

  • His insight has that absoluteness which is beyond the reach of intellect alone.

    The Theory of the Theatre

  • Secondly, they have both a kind of absoluteness which raises them above earthly things.

    Theological Essays of the Late Benjamin Jowett: Seleted, Arranged, and Edited by Lewis Campbell

  • He had never been more impressed by the kind of absoluteness that lifted her beauty above the transient effects of other women, making the most harmonious face seem an accidental collocation of features.

    The Touchstone

  • Dogma is that portion of doctrine which has been elevated by decree of ecclesiastical authority, or even only by common consent, into an absoluteness which is altogether foreign to its nature.

    An Outline of the History of Christian Thought Since Kant

  • In this chest the wife enclosed the husband, and was able to reply to the objections of the soldiers who carried it complaining of its weight, with a self-control, which she maintained till the captive was in safety, herself remaining to face the consequences; and there was a kind of absoluteness of affection in that, which attracted Sebastian for a while to ponder on the practical forces which shape men's lives.

    Imaginary Portraits

  • And then truly, under its blue dome, the great plain would as it were "laugh and sing," in a kind of absoluteness of sympathy with the sun.

    Gaston de Latour; an unfinished romance


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