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legal fiction

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Definition of legal fiction in English:

noun

An assertion that is accepted as true for legal purposes, even though it may be untrue or unproven: one must remember that landownership is ultimately simply a legal fiction
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  • This ability is, in reality, a legal fiction, a useful lie the court tells itself.
  • It may have its root, philosophically, in the legal fiction that a corporation is a person.
  • By a legal fiction, U.S. tort law considers a Catholic bishop liable for the criminal acts of his clergy.

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