mala fides

noun mala fi·des \ˌmaləˈfīˌdēz, ˌmäləˈfēˌdās\

Definition of mala fides

  1. :  bad faith :  purpose to deceive or defraud the mala fides of the company is generally a question for the jury — Ira Carlisle

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Origin and Etymology of mala fides

Late Latin, bad faith

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