Affirmative Defence

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Definition: Affirmative Defence

Quick Summary of Affirmative Defence

A defence raised in a responsive pleading (answer) relating a new matter as a defence to the complaint; affirmative defences might include contributory negligence or estopped in civil actions; in criminal cases, insanity, duress, or self-defence might be used.

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Affirmative Defence are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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