last clear chance


: a doctrine in the law of negligence: the contributory negligence of a plaintiff in putting himself or herself in peril will not bar recovery from a defendant who could have avoided injuring or killing the plaintiff by the use of ordinary care

called also discovered peril

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“Last clear chance.” Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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