clean hands doctrine

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

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