negative pregnant


negative pregnant
A denial of wrongdoing that implies the opposite by denying only a qualification of the allegation, not the allegation itself. For example, if a defendant who is accused of embezzling a million dollars in 2007 denies the allegation by saying, "I did not embezzle a million dollars in 2007," the denial is pregnant with the possibility that the defendant may have embezzled a different sum of money in a different year.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

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


negative pregnant
n. A limited and conditional denial of a part of an assertion that implies that the assertion may otherwise be true.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

negative pregnant
n.
   a denial of an allegation in which a person actually admits more than he/she denies by denying only a part of the alleged fact. Example: Plaintiff alleges Defendant "misused more than a hundred thousand dollars placed in his trust in 1994." Defendant denies the amount was more than a hundred thousand, and denies it was given to him in 1994. Thus, he did not deny the misuse, just the amount and the date.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • negative pregnant — noun (plural negatives pregnant) Etymology: negative (II) + pregnant, adjective : a legal denial that admits or involves an affirmative implication which is favorable to the pleader s adversary …   Useful english dictionary

  • negative pregnant — A qualified denial pregnant with the admission of a substantial fact not squarely denied, characteristically in the very words of the allegation denied. 41 Am J1st Pl § 196. Where the plaintiff alleges the defendant to be a corporation organized… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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