in limine

Latin phrase

in li·​mi·​ne in-ˈlē-mi-ˌne How to pronounce in limine (audio)
: on the threshold : as a preliminary matter
used for motions regarding the admissibility of evidence brought up at a pretrial hearing

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“In limine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Legal Definition

in limine

1 of 2 adverb
in lim·​i·​ne
in-ˈli-mə-nē, -ˈlē-mi-nā
: at the beginning : as a preliminary matter
specifically : before a particular procedure or proceeding takes place

in limine

2 of 2 adjective
: of, relating to, or being a motion, petition, or order regarding the admissibility of evidence whose exclusion is sought especially on the ground that it is prejudicial

Latin, on the threshold

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