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Noun The absolute form of a word.
Of, relating to, or designating the absolute form of a word.
Mid 19th century. From absolute + -ive. Compare post-classical Latin absolutivus, used in various senses by grammarians, e.g. positive (of adjective gradation), intransitive, (of nouns) independent, (of conjunctions) perfective, final.
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