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1(In ancient Greek) such a construction involving the participle of an impersonal verb, equivalent to the genitive absolute.
2(In German) an adverb phrase formed from an accusative noun or pronoun followed by an (adjectival or non-finite verbal) adjunct.
3(In post-classical Latin) a construction equivalent to, and used instead of, the classical ablative absolute.
Mid 18th century. In use with reference to the classical languages, after post-classical Latin accusativus absolutus. In use with reference to German, after German absoluter Accusativ, itself after post-classical Latin accusativus absolutus.
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