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What is an absolute adjective?

 

Definition
 

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

Discussion
 

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
Generic
  An absolute adjective is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Pei and Gaynor 1954 4

 

Mish 1991 46


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