legal fiction
legal fic·tion n: something asssumed in law to be fact irrespective of the truth or accuracy of that assumption
the legal fiction that a day has no fractionsFields v. Fairbanks North Star Borough, 818 P.2d 658 (1991)

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

legal fiction
n.
An assumption that certain facts are true that is made by the court in order to render a legal decision without delay.

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


legal fiction
A presumption of fact assumed by a court for convenience, consistency, or to achieve justice.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

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


legal fiction
n. The assumption by the law that a particular assertion is true (even though it may not be) in order to support the functioning of a legal rule.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


legal fiction
An assumption that something occurred or someone or something exists which, in fact, is not the case, but that is made in the law to enable a court to equitably resolve a matter before it.

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


legal fiction
An assumption that something occurred or someone or something exists which, in fact, is not the case, but that is made in the law to enable a court to equitably resolve a matter before it.

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

legal fiction
n.
   a presumption of fact assumed by a court for convenience, consistency or to achieve justice. There is an old adage: "Fictions arise from the law, and not law from fictions."

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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