confession and avoidance

noun

Legal Definition of confession and avoidance

: a common-law plea in which a party confesses an allegation but alleges additional facts to avoid the intended legal effect of the original allegation — compare demurrer

Learn More about confession and avoidance

Cite this Entry

“Confession and avoidance.” The Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/confession%20and%20avoidance. Accessed 28 January 2020.

Comments on confession and avoidance

What made you want to look up confession and avoidance? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

showing steady, earnest care and effort

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!