four corners of an instrument
- The concept where the meaning of a document is determined solely from its written contents, not from outside information or conditions at the time of its signing
- Applying the principle of four corners of an instrument, the judge interpreted the contract based solely on the written terms.
- Because of the four corners of an instrument rule, they couldn't consider the oral promises made during negotiations.
- In the dispute, he argued that under the four corners of an instrument, his obligation was clearly stated in the agreement.