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Complete; perfect; final; without any condition or incumbrance; as an absolute bond in distinction from a conditional bond. Unconditional; complete and perfect in itself; without relation to or dependence on other things or persons.

Free from conditions, limitations or qualifications, not dependent, or modified or affected by circumstances; that is, without any condition or restrictive provisions.

Absolute can be used to describe Divorce, estates, obligation, and title.

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adj. complete, and without condition.

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(of a court order or decree) coming into effect immediately and not liable to be modified; final.
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ABSOLUTE. Without any condition or encumbrance, as an "absolute bond," simplex obligatio, in distinction from a conditional bond; an absolute estate, one that is free from all manner of condition or incumbrance. A rule is said to be absolute, when, on the hearing, it is confirmed. As to the effect of an absolute conveyance, see 1 Pow. Mortg. 125; in relation to absolute rights, 1 Chitty, Pl. 364; 1 Chitty, Pr. 32.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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If we were to search for the absolute in Kant, there would be many candidates: the transcendental apperception in the Transcendental Deduction, the Categorical Imperative, the ethico-teleological unification of theoretical and practical reason in the Third Critique.
If we ask the question: "what corresponds to the absolute in Hegel's mature system?", we will barely get a clear-cut answer.
Before we can even try to answer the question concerning the absolute in Hegel, we shall have to fix a criterion for singling it out.
In what follows I shall first argue (I.) that this is the result of the dialectic of the absolute in the chapter on "the Absolute" in the Doctrine of Essence.
The dialectic of the absolute in the Doctrine of Essence
The general aim of the Doctrine of Essence is to spell out the ontological difference between appearance and being insofar as this difference is constitutive of any metaphysical system that defines its principle, its absolute, in opposition to a world of appearances.
In this and similar situations, more good and less harm can result from flexible use of objective ethical values than by insisting on compulsive compliance with an absolute rule.
And all these three as prerequisites for absolute, unconditional love, the ultimate answer and the fundamental need of every person and of Earth itself.
While it is not at all fashionable these days to talk of an Absolute, it may be the only way to resolve the contradictions which inscribe most postmodern ethical discussions.
Bakhtin, like many people of faith, was simply more self-conscious about his ethical ground; it was situated upon God as Other: "Outside God, outside the bounds of trust in absolute otherness, self-consciousness and self-utterance are impossible." (27) Significantly, due to his belief in that Other, Bakhtin was sent into exile, limned as Other to Stanlinism.
And my second reflection follows from that, namely, we are tempted to claim our rights on the road as absolute, and see any concession of right (or right of way) as a defeat.