adhesion contract
adhesion contract see contract

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

adhesion contract
n.
A contract offered to one party by another on a take-it-or-leave-it basis, in which the offering party creates all the details of the contract and the receiving party has no opportunity to bargain or modify the contract. This is common with standard form contracts. Often there is doubt as to whether an adhesion contract is valid because one party has so little bargaining power. See also unconscionable

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


adhesion contract
A contract that so strongly favors one party or so unfairly restricts another, that it creates a presumption that one party had no choice when entering into it. If a court determines that the contract is overly unfair, it may refuse to enforce the agreement against the disadvantaged party. An example of a contract of adhesion might be a form contract provided by an unethical leasing company. Adhesion contracts are often evidenced by the comparative strength of the parties— for example, a giant corporation as compared to an average citizen.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


adhesion contract
A type of contract, a legally binding agreement between two parties to do a certain thing, in which one side has all the bargaining power and uses it to write the contract primarily to his or her advantage.

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


adhesion contract
A type of contract, a legally binding agreement between two parties to do a certain thing, in which one side has all the bargaining power and uses it to write the contract primarily to his or her advantage.

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

adhesion contract
n.(contract of adhesion) a contract (often a signed form) so imbalanced in favor of one party over the other that there is a strong implication it was not freely bargained. Example: a rich landlord dealing with a poor tenant who has no choice and must accept all terms of a lease, no matter how restrictive or burdensome, since the tenant cannot afford to move. An adhesion contract can give the little guy the opportunity to claim in court that the contract with the big shot is invalid. This doctrine should be used and applied more often, but the same big guy-little guy inequity may apply in the ability to afford a trial or find and pay a resourceful lawyer.
   See also: contract

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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