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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.

Full Definition of caveat emptor

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

Origin of caveat emptor

New Latin, let the buyer beware


First Known Use: 1523



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