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Absolute /ˈæbsəluːt/ (adj.)
An adjective that, for the most part, doesn’t do anything in a legal context, but which makes a legal eagle using feel better, and her counterpart somehow queasy, especially when juxtaposed with the noun “discretion”. This may cue up a lengthy argument, earnestly prosecuted in furtherance of their respective clients’ interests, which will lead to a stalemate somewhere in the vicinity of “good faith and a commercially reasonable manner”.

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