patent ambiguity
patent am·bi·gu·i·ty /-ˌam-bə-'gyü-ə-tē/ n: an ambiguity in a legal document (as a contract or will) that is apparent on the face of the document and arises from inconsistent or uncertain language compare latent ambiguity

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

patent ambiguity
Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

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

patent ambiguity
n.
   an obvious inconsistency in the language of a written document.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • ambiguity — /aembsgyuwatiy/ Doubtfulness; doubleness of meaning. Duplicity, indistinctness, or uncertainty of meaning of an expression used in a written instrument. Want of clearness or definiteness; difficult to comprehend or distinguish; of doubtful import …   Black's law dictionary

  • ambiguity — /aembsgyuwatiy/ Doubtfulness; doubleness of meaning. Duplicity, indistinctness, or uncertainty of meaning of an expression used in a written instrument. Want of clearness or definiteness; difficult to comprehend or distinguish; of doubtful import …   Black's law dictionary

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