in pari delicto

in pari delicto
in pari de·lic·to 1 /-di-'lik-tō, -dā-/ adv [New Latin, in like offense]: in equal fault or wrong
— used of parties to a lawsuit
in pari delicto 2 n: a doctrine that bars a plaintiff who has participated in wrongdoing from recovering damages for loss resulting from the wrongdoing

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

in pari delicto
(in pah-ree dee-lick-toh) Latin for "in equal fault." In a lawsuit, it refers to situations where the parties are equally at fault or guilty of wrongdoing. They may thus be prevented from collecting damages from the others.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

in pari delicto
adv. Latin At equal fault.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

in pari delicto
(Latin: In equal fault.)
A descriptive phrase that indicates that parties involved in an action are equally culpable for a wrong.

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

in pari delicto
[Latin, In equal fault.] A descriptive phrase that indicates that parties involved in an action are equally culpable for a wrong.
II Of equal fault or guilt.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

in pari delicto
[in pah-ree dee-lick-toe]
   Latin for "in equal fault," which means that two (or more) people are all at fault or are all guilty of a crime. In contract law, if the fault is more or less equal then neither party can claim breach of the contract by the other; in an accident, neither can collect damages, unless the fault is more on one than the other under the rule of "comparative negligence"; in defense of a criminal charge, one defendant will have a difficult time blaming the other for inducing him or her into the criminal acts if the proof is that both were involved.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • pari delicto — In equal wrong; equally at fault. See in pari delicto …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • pari delicto — equally responsible, sharing fault equally (Latin) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • In pari delicto — (full, but rarely used form In pari delicto potior est conditio possidentis ) [ [ pari delicto doctrine.html in pari delicto doctrine definition ] ] , Latin for in equal fault, is a legal term used… …   Wikipedia

  • in pari delicto — /in paeray daliktow/ perayV. In equal fault; equally culpable or criminal; in a case of equal fault or guilt. A person who is in pari delicto with another differs from a particeps criminis in this, that the former term always includes the latter …   Black's law dictionary

  • in pari delicto — /in par uy di lik toh/, Law. in equal fault; equally culpable or blameworthy. [ < L] * * * …   Universalium

  • in pari delicto — both parties are equally at fault, both sides committed errors that were equally unjust or negligent (Latin) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • in pari delicto — In equal wrong equally at fault. 27 Am J2d Eq § 72. The status of both parties to an illegal agreement or transaction where they are equally at fault. 1 Am J2d Acctg § 56; 17 Am J2d Contr § 221. It is a trite and commonplace maxim that where… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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