One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The rule of law on which a judicial decision is based.
- ‘The former are described as being the ratio decidendi (reasons for the decision).’
- ‘If property suddenly became available all over the country many of the rationes decidendi of the past would be quite inappropriate.’
- ‘If the Court refuses that, there are some interesting arguments about how one determines ratio decidendi.’
- ‘You must then deal fully with the ratio decidendi of the case, with a detailed analysis of Lord Templeman's judgment on behalf of the majority.’
- ‘Courts are bound by principles of law, the ratio decidendi of cases.’
- ‘I do not find it easy to discover the ratio decidendi of Pook's case.’
Latin, literally ‘reason for deciding’.
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.