ab initio
ab ini·tio /ˌab-ə-'ni-shē-ˌō, ˌäb-i-'nē-tē-ˌō/ adv [Latin]: from the beginning
a contract found to be void ab initio

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

ab initio
adverb ab origine, ab ovo, as a start, at first, at the beginning, at the start, chiefly, first, first and foremost, first of all, firstly, for a beginning, from its birth, from the beginning, in its infancy, in the beginning, in the first place, initially, mainly, originally, primarily, principally associated concepts: void ab initio

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


ab initio
adj.
(Latin) From the beginning; used to describe contracts, marriages, deeds, etc., that are either valid or void from their inception.

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


ab initio
'from the beginning'.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


ab initio
Latin for "from the beginning" — for example, "the contract was void ab initio."
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits
Category: Working With a Lawyer

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


ab initio
adv. Latin From the first act. From the beginning; back to one's creation or inception.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


ab initio
(Latin: From the beginning; from the first act; from the inception.)
An agreement is said to be "void ab initio" if it has at no time had any legal validity. A party may be said to be a trespasser, an estate said to be good, an agreement or deed said to be void, or a marriage or act said to be unlawful, ab initio. Contrasted in this sense with ex post facto (ex post facto laws), or with postea.

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


ab initio
I
[Latin, From the beginning; from the first act; from the inception.] An agreement is said to be "void ab initio" if it has at no time had any legal validity. A party may be said to be a trespasser, an estate said to be good, an agreement or deed said to be void, or a marriage or act said to be unlawful, ab initio. Contrasted in this sense with ex post facto, or with postea.
II From the beginning.

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

ab initio
prep.
   lawyer Latin for "from the start," as "it was legal ab initio."

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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