estoppel by silence
- 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
- In the real estate dispute, the judge applied estoppel by silence because the neighbor remained quiet about boundary issues for years.
- Estoppel by silence was used where a man failed to disclose a debt to his business partner, damaging their partnership.
- 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.