relation back

Definition of "relation back"
  1. The process of assigning a prior date to a legal action or document, treating it as if it took effect on the previous date, particularly to circumvent a time restriction
How to use "relation back" in a sentence
  1. The court allowed for the relation back of the contract to the date of its initial drafting, thereby bypassing the statute of limitations.
  2. The lawyer requested a relation back to validate the claim as it was filed a day after the deadline.
  3. The defense argued that the relation back principle was misapplied as the new claim did not arise out of the same set of circumstances.

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