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A'bsolutely. adv. [from absolute.]

  1. Completely, without restriction.

    All the contradictions which grow in those minds, that neither absolutely climb the rock of virtue, no freely sink into the sea of vanity. Sidney.

    What merit they can build upon having joined with a protestant army, under a king they acknowledged, to defend their own liberties and properties, is, to me, absolutely inconceivable; and, I believe, will equally be so for ever. Swift's Presb. Plan.

  2. Without relation.

    Absolutely we cannot discommend, we cannot absolutely approve either willingness to live, or forwardness to die. Hooker, b. v.

    These then being the perpetual causes of zeal; the greatest good, or the greatest evil; either absolutely so in themselves, or relatively so to us; it is therefore good to be zealously affected for the one against the other. Sprat's Sermons.

    No sensible quality, as light, and colour, and heat, and sound, can be subsistent in the bodies themselves, absolutely considered, without a relation to our eyes and ears, and other organs of sense. These qualities are only the effects of our sensation, which arise from the different motions, upon our nerves, from objects without, according to their various modifications and positions. Bentley's Sermons.

  3. Without limits or dependance.

    The prince long time had courted fortune's love,
    But, once possess'd, did absolutely reign:
    Thus, with their Amazons, the heroes strove,
    And conquer'd first those beauties they would gain.
    Dryden's Annus Mirabilis

  4. Without condition.

    And of that nature, for the most part, are things absolutely unto all mens salvation necessary, either to be held or denied, either to be done or avoided. Hooker's Preface.

  5. Peremptorily, positively.

    Being as I am, why didst not thou
    Command me absolutely not to go,
    Going into such danger, as thou saidst?
    Parad. Lost, b. ix.

Sources: Bentley, Richard (57) · Dryden, John (788) · Hooker, Richard (175) · Milton, John (449) · Sidney, Philip (140) · Sprat, Thomas (20) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: Adverb (147)

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