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The best may slip, and even the most cautious fall; but he is more than human who errors not at all.
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Etymology

Old English ābufan

Preposition

above

  1. In or to a higher place; higher than; on or over the upper surface; over; — opposed to below or beneath.
  2. Figuratively, higher than; superior to in any respect; surpassing; beyond; higher in measure or degree than; as, things above comprehension; above mean actions; conduct above reproach.
  3. Surpassing in number or quantity; more than; as, above a hundred. (Passing into the adverbial sense; see adverb #4 below.)

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Adverb

above (not comparable)

Positive
above

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. In a higher place; overhead; into or from heaven.
    He's in a better place now, floating free as the clouds above.
  2. Earlier in order; higher in the same page; hence, in a foregoing page.
  3. Higher in rank or power.
    He appealed to the court above.

Derived terms

  • "Above" is also used as the first part of a compound in the sense of before, previously; as, above-cited, above-described, above-mentioned, above-named, abovesaid, abovespecified, above-written, above-given.

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Adjective

above (not comparable)

Positive
above

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Above is often used elliptically as an adjective by omitting the word said, mentioned, quoted, or the like:
    • the above(-said) observations
    • the above(-cited) reference
    • the above(-quoted) articles

Noun

Singular
above

Plural
-

above (-)
  1. Above is often used further elliptically as a noun by omitting the noun, where it is should be clear what is omitted.
    See the above.

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