holder in due course
holder in due course: the holder of a negotiable instrument that is complete and regular on its face and that is taken in good faith and for value without notice that it is overdue or has been dishonored or that there is any defense against it or claim to it by any party compare bona fide holder
◇ A holder in due course takes the negotiable instrument free of any claims to it and of most defenses of a party to it. Federal Trade Commission rules have abolished the status of holder in due course in consumer transactions.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

holder in due course
n.
A bona fide purchaser who acquires an instrument in good faith, for value, and without notice of any claim against the instrument.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


holder in due course
a person who has taken a bill of exchange in good faith and for value before it was overdue and without notice of previous dishonour or of any defect in the title of the person who negotiated or transferred the bill. A holder in due course can negotiate the bill further and stands to be recompensed if it is dishonoured by the drawer, acceptor or other endorsee: Bills of Exchange Act 1882. The original payee of a cheque is not a holder in due course: Re Jones Ltd v . Waring & Gillow [1926] AC 670; Williams v . Williams 1980 SLT (Sh. Ct) 25.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


holder in due course
Someone who
1) holds a check or promissory note that was received in good faith and in exchange for value and
2) who has no suspicion that there is a claim against it by another party or that it was previously dishonored. Such a holder is entitled to payment by the maker of the check or note. (See also: bona fide purchaser)
Category: Personal Finance & Retirement

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


holder in due course
n. Under the Uniform Commercial Code, one who has given value in exchange for the possession of a negotiable instrument and is unaware of any defects in title.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


holder in due course
An individual who takes a commercial paper for value, in good faith, with the belief that it is valid, with no knowledge of any defects.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


holder in due course
An individual who takes a commercial paper for value, in good faith, with the belief that it is valid, with no knowledge of any defects.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

holder in due course
n.
   one holding a check or promissory note, received for value (he/she paid for it) in good faith and with no suspicion that it might be no good, claimed by another, overdue or previously dishonored (a bank had refused to pay since the account was overdrawn). Such a holder is entitled to payment by the maker of the check or note.
   See also: bona fide purchaser

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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