lex commissoria

lex com·mis·so·ria | \-ˌkäməˈsōrēə\

Definition of lex commissoria 

Roman & civil law

: a penalty clause for nonperformance of a contract: such as

a : a provision that a pledge shall be forfeited if a loan is not repaid

b : a condition that money paid on a contract of sale shall be forfeited and the sale rescinded if remaining payments are defaulted

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History and Etymology for lex commissoria

Late Latin

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