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absoluteness

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From absolute +‎ -ness.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈab.sə.luːt.nəs/, /ab.səˈluːt.nəs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈæb.səˌlut.nəs/

NounEdit

absoluteness (usually uncountable, plural absolutenesses)

  1. (obsolete) The fact of being finished or perfected; completeness. [Attested from the mid 16th century until the 17th century.]
  2. The characteristic of being absolute in nature or scope.
    the absoluteness of his sovereignty, the absoluteness of his convictions
  3. Absolute authority, unlimited power; absolutism, despotism. [First attested in the 16th century.]
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.8:
      I know no man that could produce more parts, both naturall and artificiall, fit to preserve his masterie, and to maintaine his absolutenesse, than he doth; yet is hee cleane falne from them like a childe.
  4. The fact of being without qualifications or conditions; certainty, unconditionality. [First attested in the 17th century.]
  5. Independent autonomy. [First attested in the 17th century.]

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