One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An assertion that is accepted as true for legal purposes, even though it may be untrue or unproven.‘one must remember that landownership is ultimately simply a legal fiction’
- ‘By a legal fiction, U.S. tort law considers a Catholic bishop liable for the criminal acts of his clergy.’
- ‘It may have its root, philosophically, in the legal fiction that a corporation is a person.’
- ‘If you accept the legal fiction of the corporation being a separate person, then taking its property violates its rights.’
- ‘This ability is, in reality, a legal fiction, a useful lie the court tells itself.’
- ‘It is really a legal fiction to say that a defect in the architecture of the courthouse itself caused her mother's death.’
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