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Absolute

Source:
Concise Oxford Companion to the English Language
Author(s):
Tom McArthurTom McArthur

Absolute. 

A term indicating that a word, phrase, or clause stands apart from the usual relations with other elements in a sentence: This being so in This being so, we'll have to make new plans. Traditionally, such a combination is an absolute phrase, but it is now widely referred to as an absolute clause.