clean hands doctrine

noun

Legal Definition of clean hands doctrine

: a doctrine that originated in equity and that bars a plaintiff from seeking judicial relief regarding a matter in which he or she is not free of guilt and does not have clean hands

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“Clean hands doctrine.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/clean%20hands%20doctrine. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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