Definition of legal fiction in English:

legal fiction

Syllabification: le·gal fic·tion

noun

  • An assertion accepted as true, though probably fictitious, to achieve a particular goal in a legal matter.
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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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