arm's length
arm's length n: the condition of the parties to a business deal in which each has independent interests and one does not dominate the other
— often used in the phrase at arm's length
a contract made at arm's length
arm's–length adj

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

arm's length
The description of an agreement made by two parties freely and independently of each other, and without some special relationship, such as being a relative, having another deal on the side, or one party having complete control of the other. It is relevant for determining whether an agreement was freely entered into, and the price, terms, and other conditions were fair. For example, if a man sells property to his son the price paid may not be the true value since it may not have been an "arm's length" transaction.
Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations → Buying or Selling a Business
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


arm's length
adj. Of or relating to the bargaining position or dealings of two or more unrelated parties of approximately equal bargaining power who are not connected, on close terms, or in a confidential relationship with each other and whose mutual dealings are influenced only by their own self-interest.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

arm's length
adj.
   the description of an agreement made by two parties freely and independently of each other, and without some special relationship, such as being a relative, having another deal on the side or one party having complete control of the other. It becomes important to determine if an agreement was freely entered into to show that the price, requirements, and other conditions were fair and real. Example: if a man sells property to his son the value set may not be the true value since it may not have been an "arm's length" transaction.
   See also: contract

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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