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ratio decidendi

noun ra·tio de·ci·den·di \ˈrā-shē-ˌō-ˌde-sə-ˈden-ˌdī, ˈrā-ˌshō-, -ˌdā-sē-ˈden-dē\

Legal Definition of ratio decidendi

  1. :  the principle or rule constituting the basis of a court decision

Origin and Etymology of ratio decidendi

Latin, grounds for deciding

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capable of being understood in two ways

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