but for rule

Definition of "but for rule"
  1. A principle used to establish if a defendant's actions were the main cause of an event. This rule asks whether the event would have occurred without the defendant's actions
How to use "but for rule" in a sentence
  1. The court applied the but for rule to establish if the defendant's negligence caused the disastrous boating accident.
  2. In their defence, the plaintiff invoked the but for rule to show that their client's actions did not cause the fire.
  3. The but for rule was significant in the lawsuit to determine whether the restaurant owner's negligence led to the food poisoning incident.

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