estoppel by silence

Definition of "estoppel by silence"
  1. A legal principle that stops a person from making an assertion after deciding not to speak up earlier, despite having the obligation and opportunity, which has harmed another person
How to use "estoppel by silence" in a sentence
  1. In the real estate dispute, the judge applied estoppel by silence because the neighbor remained quiet about boundary issues for years.
  2. Estoppel by silence was used where a man failed to disclose a debt to his business partner, damaging their partnership.
  3. She couldn't claim the inheritance after the fact due to estoppel by silence, as she never spoke up while the will was being contested.

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