summary judgment

noun
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of summary judgment

:judgment that may be granted upon a party's motion when the pleadings, discovery, and any affidavits show that there is no issue of material fact and that the party is entitled to judgment in its favor as a matter of law

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First Known Use of summary judgment

1798


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summary judgment

legal Definition of summary judgment

see judgment 1a

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