in pari delicto

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in pari de·​lic·​to
-di-ˈlik-tō, -dā-
: in equal fault or wrong
used of parties to a lawsuit

in pari delicto

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: a doctrine that bars a plaintiff who has participated in wrongdoing from recovering damages for loss resulting from the wrongdoing

Word History



New Latin, in like offense

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“In pari delicto.” Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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