arm's length

noun

Definition of arm's length

  1. 1 :  a distance discouraging personal contact or familiarity kept former friends at arm's length now

  2. 2 :  the condition or fact that the parties to a transaction are independent and on an equal footing

arm's–length

adjective

First Known Use of arm's length

1655


Law Dictionary

arm's length

noun

Legal Definition of arm's length

  1. :  the condition of the parties to a business deal in which each has independent interests and one does not dominate the other —often used in the phrase at arm's length a contract made at arm's length

arm's–length

adjective

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