clean hands doctrine
- The rule that equitable judgment can't favor a party who acted unethically or dishonestly related to the legal issue at hand
- Due to the clean hands doctrine, the dishonest business couldn't win their lawsuit for breaching contract.
- Because of the clean hands doctrine, the landlord's unethical eviction practices prevented him from winning in court.
- The clean hands doctrine left the deceitful partner without a favorable resolution in the partnership dispute.