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noun
  1. (geometry) In a plane, the two imaginary circular points at infinity; in space of three dimensions, the imaginary circle at infinity.
  2. (grammar) The first of the three degrees of comparison.
  3. That which is independent of context-dependent interpretation, inviolate, fundamental (referring to Adjective Definition 4)
as in moral absolutes
adjective (more absolute or (rarely) absoluter, most absolute or (rarely) absolutest)
  1. Loosed from any limitation or condition; uncontrolled; unrestricted; unconditional; as, absolute authority, monarchy, sovereignty, an absolute promise or command.
    • 1962, Hannah Arendt, On Revolution, (1990), page 155
    • : The more absolute the ruler, the more absolute the revolution will be which replaces him.
      1. complete, Complete in itself; perfect; consummate; faultless.
      absolute perfection
      absolute beauty
    • So absolute she seems, And in herself complete. "w:John Milton, John Milton
      1. Viewed apart from modifying influences or without comparison with other objects; actual; real; " opposed to relative and (compar); as, absolute motion; absolute time or space.
      Absolute rights and duties are such as pertain to man in a state of nature as contradistinguished from relative rights and duties, or such as pertain to him in his social relations.
      1. Loosed from, or unconnected by, dependence on any other being; self-existent; self-sufficing.
      Note: In this sense God is called the Absolute by the Theist. The term is also applied by the Pantheist to the universe, or the total of all existence, as only capable of relations in its parts to each other and to the whole, and as dependent for its existence and its phenomena on its mutually depending forces and their laws.
      1. Capable of being thought or conceived by itself alone; unconditioned; non-relative.
      Note: It is in dispute among philosophers whether the term, in this sense, is not applied to a mere logical fiction or abstraction, or whether the absolute, as thus defined, can be known, as a reality, by the human intellect.
    • To Cusa we can indeed articulately trace, word and thing, the recent philosophy of the absolute. "w:William Hamilton, William Hamilton
      1. (rare) Positive; clear; certain; not doubtful.
    • I am absolute "t was very Cloten. "Shakespeare, Cymbeline, IV,ii
      1. (rare) Authoritative; peremptory.
    • The peddler stopped, and tapped her on the head, With absolute forefinger, brown and ringed. "w:Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning
      1. (chemistry) Pure; unmixed; as, absolute alcohol.
      2. (grammar) Not immediately dependent on the other parts of the sentence in government; as, the case absolute. (See ablative absolute.)
academe Tweet Definition of academe Like Definition of academe on Facebook
noun
  1. (poetic) An academy; a place of learning.
academia Tweet Definition of academia Like Definition of academia on Facebook
noun
  1. The institution of higher education; university, universities and other higher-education establishments collectively.
    Academia continues to provide scientific education, despite attempts to turn it into a system of professional schooling.
academic Tweet Definition of academic Like Definition of academic on Facebook
noun
  1. One holding the philosophy of Socrates and Plato; a Platonist.
  2. A member of an academy, college, or university; an academician.
  3. A person who attends an academy.
adjective
  1. Belonging to the school or philosophy of Plato; as, the sect or philosophy.
  2. Belonging to an academy or other higher institution of learning.
    • courses - Warburton
    • academical study - Berkeley
      1. Being scholarly; literary or classical, in distinction from scientific.
      2. (pejorative) Having no practical importance.
academical Tweet Definition of academical Like Definition of academical on Facebook
adjective
  1. Variant spelling of academic
academic freedom Tweet Definition of academic freedom Like Definition of academic freedom on Facebook
noun
  1. The right to freely teach or learn without unreasonable interference from authority
academician Tweet Definition of academician Like Definition of academician on Facebook
noun
  1. A member of an academy, or society for promoting science, art, or literature, as of the French Academy, or the Royal Academy of Arts.
  2. (rare) A collegian - Chesterfield
  3. A member of the faculty of a college or university.
academism Tweet Definition of academism Like Definition of academism on Facebook
noun
  1. (obsolete): The doctrines of the Academic philosophy - Baxter
academy Tweet Definition of academy Like Definition of academy on Facebook
noun (academ, ies)
  1. A society of learned men united for the advancement of the arts and sciences, and literature, or some particular art or science; as, the French Academy; the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; academies of literature and philology.
  2. A school or place of training in which some special art is taught; as, the military at West Point; a riding ; the Academy of Music.
  3. An institution for the study of higher learning; a college or a university.
  4. Popularly, a school, or seminary of learning, holding a rank between a college and a common school.
  5. A place of training; a school.
Quotations
  • Academies of fanaticism - Hume
    1. (1811) A brothel (1811 Dictionary of Vulgar Tongue)
accredit Tweet Definition of accredit Like Definition of accredit on Facebook
verb
  1. (transitive) To put or bring into credit; to invest with credit or authority; to sanction.
  • His censure will ... his praises. - Cowper
These reasons ... which and fortify mine opinion. - Shelton
  1. (transitive) To send with letters credential, as an ambassador, envoy, or diplomatic agent; to authorize, as a messenger or delegate.
Beton ... was accredited to the Court of France. - Froude
  1. (transitive) To believe; to credit; to put trust in.
  • The version of early Roman history which was accredited in the fifth century. - Sir G. C. Lewis
  • He accredited and repeated stories of apparitions and witchcraft. - Southey
    1. (transitive) To credit; to vouch for or consider (some one) as doing something, or (something) as belonging to some one; as To accredit (one) with (something), to attribute something to him; as, Mr. Clay was accredited with these views; they him with a wise saying.
    adjunct Tweet Definition of adjunct Like Definition of adjunct on Facebook
    noun
    1. An appendage; something attached to something else in a subordinate capacity
    2. A person associated with another in a subordinate position
    3. (grammar) A clause in a sentence that amplify, amplifies its meaning.
    "for a while" in "I typed for a while".
    advisee Tweet Definition of advisee Like Definition of advisee on Facebook
    noun
    1. someone who receives advice
    adviser Tweet Definition of adviser Like Definition of adviser on Facebook
    noun
    1. One who advises.
    aggie Tweet Definition of aggie Like Definition of aggie on Facebook
    noun
    1. Marble made of agate, or one that looks as if it were made of agate
    2. A student at an agriculturally focused college or university.
    3. A student studying agriculture.
    proper noun
    1. (given name, female, from Greek, ) Female proper name; nickname for Agnes, Agatha.
      1. A student or sports team at the w:University of California, Davis, University of California, Davis, w:Cameron University, Cameron University, w:Delaware Valley College, Delaware Valley College, w:New Mexico State University, New Mexico State University, w:North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina A&T State University, w:Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, w:Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma State University, w:Ontario Agricultural College, Ontario Agricultural College, w:Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University, or w:Utah State University, Utah State University.
    alumnus Tweet Definition of alumnus Like Definition of alumnus on Facebook
    noun (Plural: alumni) (mainly US)
    1. a male pupil or student
    2. a male graduate
    3. a student
    4. a graduate
    assistant Tweet Definition of assistant Like Definition of assistant on Facebook
    noun
    1. A person who assists or helps someone else.
    2. (Brit.) sales assistant.
    3. A software tool that provides assistance in some task.
    adjective
    1. Having a subordinate or auxiliary position.
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    1. Giving help or support.
      • I will need three or four more assistants for assistance with this project.
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    audit Tweet Definition of audit Like Definition of audit on Facebook
    noun
    1. An examination in general.
    2. A judicial examination.
    3. An independent review and examination of records and activities to assess the adequacy of system controls, to ensure compliance with established policies and operational procedures, and to recommend necessary changes in controls, policies, or procedures
    4. (Scientology) Spiritual counseling, which forms the core of Dianetics.
    verb
    1. To conduct an independent review and examination of system records and activities in order to test the adequacy and effectiveness of data security and data integrity procedures, to ensure compliance with established policy and operational procedures, and to recommend any necessary changes
    2. To attend an academic class on a not-for-academic-credit basis.
    auditor Tweet Definition of auditor Like Definition of auditor on Facebook
    noun
    1. One who audits bookkeeping accounts.
    2. In many jurisdictions, an elected or appointed public official in charge of the public accounts; a comptroller.
    3. (rare) One who audits an academic course, i.e., does not take it for academic credit.
    4. (Scientology) One trained to perform spiritual guidance procedures; derived from Latin as "one who listens".

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