affirmative defense

Definition of "affirmative defense"
  1. An excuse or justification presented by a defendant in a lawsuit that aims to negate or diminish the plaintiff's claim
How to use "affirmative defense" in a sentence
  1. The defendant used the claim of self-defense as an affirmative defense.
  2. In the case, the lawyer presented an affirmative defense of necessity.
  3. The case was dismissed when the judge accepted the defendant's affirmative defense of duress.

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