Definition of no-fault in English:


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  • 1Not assigning fault or blame, in particular.
  • 1.1Denoting an insurance policy that is valid regardless of whether the policyholder was at fault: no-fault automobile insurance
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    • It was intended to be a form of mandatory, no-fault insurance.
    • You know, I like the idea of no-fault insurance, but I really wish it were removed just for people who drove drunk.
    • In no-fault auto insurance, for instance, the victim of an accident cannot normally drag the driver who hit her into a deposition and before a jury.
  • 1.2Denoting an insurance or compensation plan (especially one covering medical or industrial accidents) whereby a claimant need not legally prove negligence against any party.
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    • A few countries have introduced no-fault compensation schemes, in which victims of accidents automatically receive, from specially constituted funds, compensation based on their needs rather than on proof of fault.
    • In 1974 the New Zealand government introduced a national no-fault insurance scheme which provides compensation for every person who's injured, whether it's at home, at work, or in the doctor's surgery.
    • The suggestion by Stephen Byers (the former Cabinet minister) that a voluntary scheme of no-fault compensation would cut lawyers out of the equation might sound fine in theory.
  • 1.3Of or denoting a form of divorce granted without requiring one party to prove that the other is to blame for the breakdown of the marriage.
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    • One in two marriages will fail with the wife being twice as likely to initiate the proceedings on grounds of ‘general discontent’ - the minimum requirement of no-fault divorce.
    • Decades of scholarly work on no-fault divorce suggests that, in an era of disposable marriage, not much can be done for women who choose to devote themselves to their children.
    • As with the rise of unilateral no-fault divorce, the effects of same-sex marriage will be generational, gradual - and very hard to reverse.

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