laches

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noun la·ches \ˈla-chəz, ˈlā-\

Definition of laches

plural

laches

  1. :  negligence in the observance of duty or opportunity; specifically :  undue delay in asserting a legal right or privilege

Origin and Etymology of laches

Middle English lachesse, from Anglo-French laschesce, from lasche lax, ultimately from Latin laxare to loosen — more at lease


First Known Use: 14th century


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laches

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noun la·ches \ˈla-chəz, ˈlā-, -shəz\

Legal Definition of laches

plural

laches

  1. 1 :  undue delay in asserting a right or privilege — compare statute of limitations

  2. 2a :  a doctrine permitting dismissal of a suit because a plaintiff's unreasonable delay in asserting a right or privilege has been detrimental to the defendant's ability to make a defense (as by resulting in the unavailability of witnesses or evidence) <a suit barred by laches> b :  an affirmative defense based on this doctrine

Origin and Etymology of laches

Anglo-French lachesce laschesce negligence, from Old French lasche lax, ultimately from Latin laxare to loosen, from laxus slack


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