parol evidence rule
parol evidence rule n: a rule of document interpretation: parol evidence offered to contradict or modify a writing (as a contract or will) is not admissible when the writing is unambiguous or was intended to be a final expression of the author's wishes

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

parol evidence rule
n.
A rule that prevents the parties to a written agreement from altering it with spoken provisions or oral agreements.

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


parol evidence rule
If there is a written contract, the terms of the contract cannot be altered by evidence of oral (parol) agreements purporting to change, explain, or contradict the written document. (See also: extrinsic evidence)
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

parol evidence rule
A rule of contractual construction which states that extrinsic evidence cannot be used to vary the terms of a written contract. However, this rule is little more than a presumption that the written contract contains the entire agreement between the parties. The presumption can be rebutted and the rule does not apply where rectification is being sought in which case extrinsic evidence relating to the alleged error in the contract can be adduced.
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Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


parol evidence rule
n. The principle that a preexisting commitment cannot be used as evidence to contradict or in any way modify the terms of a written agreement.
See also integration, merger.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

parol evidence rule
n.
   if there is evidence in writing (such as a signed contract) the terms of the contract cannot be altered by evidence of oral (parol) agreements purporting to change, explain or contradict the written document.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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