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Alternative pleading

Definition of the noun alternative pleading

What does alternative pleading mean as a name of something?


  1. a pleading that alleges facts so separate that it is difficult to determine which facts the person intends to rely on


Alternative pleading permits a party in a court action to argue multiple possibilities that may be mutually exclusive by making use of legal fiction.

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Google previewMerriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law (1996)

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

averments, allegations, denials, or defenses; also : a written document embodying such a declaration — see also RELATION BACK b : any of the allegations, averments, claims, denials, or defenses set forth in a pleading alternative pleading ...

Google previewLaw Dictionary: Sixth Edition

ALTERNATIVE PLEADING at common law a pleading which alleged facts so entirely separate that it was difficult to determine upon which set of facts the person pleading intended to rely as the basis of recovery; e.g., pleading a case of ...

Google previewNolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary (2009)

by Gerald Hill Attorney

alternative pleading a legal fiction in which a pleader alleges two or more legal claims which are inconsistent with each other.

Google previewDictionary on Legal Terms

Alternative Pleading n. A legal fiction in which a party to a lawsuit or a defendant charged with a crime can plead two ways which are inconsistent with each other. Examples.' (1) someone hurt in an accident can plead that the other party was ...

Google previewGilbert Pocket Size Law Dictionary 3d (2014)

by Publishers Editorial Staff

alternative pleading A form of pleading in which a person presents two or more separate, and possibly inconsistent, sets of facts that may form the basis for a claim or defense. 18 alternative writ A court order ...

Google previewWebster's New World Law Dictionary (2010)

by Jonathan Wallace, Susan Ellis Wild

alternative pleading See pleadings. alternative writ See writ. ambiguity n. A confusion or uncertainty about the intention or meaning, ...

Google previewStandard encyclopaedia of procedure (1920)

Alternative pleading.— (1) A general demurrer on the ground that no cause of action is stated will not raise the objection that the allegations are in the alternative, such defect should be attacked ...

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