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clearly erroneous

adjective clear·ly erroneous

Legal Definition of clearly erroneous

  1. :  being or containing a finding of fact that is not supported by substantial or competent evidence or by reasonable inferences findings of fact…must not be set aside unless clearly erroneousFederal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 52(a) — compare abuse of discretion, de novo

Additional Notes on clearly erroneous

The requirement that findings be clearly erroneous to be set aside is a standard of review used especially by an appellate court when reviewing a trial judge's (as opposed to a jury's) findings of fact for error.


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