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caveat emptor

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noun caveat emp·tor \-ˈem(p)-tər, -ˌtȯr\

Simple Definition of caveat emptor

  • law : the principle that a person who buys something is responsible for making sure that it is in good condition, works properly, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of caveat emptor

  1. :  a principle in commerce: without a warranty the buyer takes the risk

Origin and Etymology of caveat emptor

New Latin, let the buyer beware


First Known Use: 1523


Law Dictionary

caveat emptor

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noun caveat emp·tor \-ˈemp-tər, -ˌtȯr\

Legal Definition of caveat emptor

  1. :  a principle in commercial transactions: without a warranty the buyer takes the risk as to the condition of the property or goods — compare products liability at liability 2b, warranty



Origin and Etymology of caveat emptor

New Latin, may the buyer beware



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