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A'bsoluteness. n.s. [from absolute.]

  1. Compleatness.
  2. Freedom from dependance, or limits.

    The absoluteness and illimitedness of his commission was generally much spoken of. Clarendon, b. viii.

    There is nothing that can raise a man to that generous absoluteness of condition, as neither to cringe, to fawn, or to depend meanly; but that which gives him that happiness within himself, for which men depend upon others. South's Serm.

  3. Despoticism.

    He kept a strait hand on his nobility, and chose rather to advance clergymen and lawyers, which were more obsequious to him, but had less interest in the people; which made for his absoluteness, but not for his safety. Bacon's Henry VII.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Clarendon, Edward (73) · South, Robert (158)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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