contract of adhesion
contract of adhesion see contract

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

contract of adhesion
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.


contract of adhesion
adhesion contract, contract of adhesion. A contract that is so highly restrictive of one party's rights and liabilities, but not of the other, that it is doubtful that it is a truly voluntary and uncoerced agreement. The concept typically arises in the context of standard-form contracts that are prepared by one party, not subject to negotiation, and offered on a "take it or leave it" basis. If the terms of the contract are extremely burdensome or oppressive, the court may not enforce it on the grounds that it is unconscionable.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

contract of adhesion
n.
   See also: adhesion contract

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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