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What is an absolute adjective?



An absolute adjective is an adjective which functions as a noun.


This term absolute adjective is applicable, by extension, to other parts of speech which are used similarly, such as possessive pronouns or numerals.

Examples (English)
  • The poor
  • The mystical in Blake’s poetry
  An absolute adjective is a kind of

Pei and Gaynor 1954 4


Mish 1991 46

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