over·reach·ing n
1: conduct that exceeds established limits (as of authority or due process)
claimed that overreaching by the prosecution barred a retrial because of double jeopardy
2: the gaining of an unconscionable advantage over another esp. by unfair or deceptive means
if the contract was void for traditional reasons such as fraud or overreachingLugassy v. Independent Fire Ins. Co., 636 So. 2d 1332 (1994)

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

Using fraud or a superior bargaining position to take advantage of someone else in a commercial transaction.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

n. In commercial law, abusing one's superior bargaining power to take unfair advantage of another through fraudulent practices. Synonymous with fraud.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

Exploiting a situation through fraud or unconscionable conduct.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

Exploiting a situation through fraud or unconscionable conduct.

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