affidavit of merits

Definition of affidavit of merits

: an affidavit made by a party to an action (as to prevent the automatic entry of judgment against that party) setting forth that the party has a substantial and genuine ground of action or defense and that the complaint or plea filed is not sham or dilatory

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First Known Use of affidavit of merits

1799, in the meaning defined above

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“Affidavit of merits.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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