clean hands
clean hands n pl: innocence of wrongdoing or deceit
plaintiff must come into court with clean hands see also clean hands doctrine

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

clean hands

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


clean hands
n. The quality of a person who acted in an equitable way (that is, fair, just, proper, reasonable, with good faith) in a dispute or transaction, for which he or she is now seeking relief or asserting a defense in an action in equity.
See also unclean hands.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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  • clean hands — freedom from guilt, wrongdoing, or dishonesty; innocence; guiltlessness: He came out of the bribery investigation triumphantly when it was proved that he had clean hands. [1590 1600] * * * …   Universalium

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