specific performance


: the performance of a legal contract strictly or substantially according to its terms
: an equitable remedy enjoining specific performance

Examples of specific performance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The merger agreement includes a specific performance provision that allows Twitter to force Musk to consummate the deal, according to the original filing. Dallas News, 8 July 2022 Some have symptoms in all social situations, while others have specific performance triggers, like eating in public or speaking in class. Nicole Harris, Parents, 15 Aug. 2023 In his ruling, Chalfant sided with the petitioners in ordering the state to commit to specific performance criteria in the event that its activities harmed wildlife and habitat. Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2023 McCormick's April 2021 ruling in that case, available on the court's website, centered on a specific performance clause in the purchase contract—similar to the clause that Twitter is citing in its attempt to force Musk to complete his $44 billion purchase. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 15 July 2022 This would not preclude the government from setting its own outcomes standards in addition to accreditors’ standards, if Congress wishes to fund only schools that meet a specific performance benchmark. Preston Cooper, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2023 The reason specific performance is rarely issued might be because botched deals that land in court often result in renegotiation. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 July 2022 For example, your clients’ answers can reveal whether their decision is driven more by issues of trust and control or a desire to avoid risk or reach specific performance goals. April Rudin, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2023 When engaging with individual buyers, sales teams can address specific performance metrics as detailed in the proxy statement to help prove how their solutions will help meet goals and produce measurable success. Anand Shah, Forbes, 19 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of specific performance was in 1701

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“Specific performance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/specific%20performance. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

Legal Definition

specific performance

see performance

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