bad faithbad faith
insincerity; dishonesty; duplicity
The malicious intention to be dishonest or to violate the law, as in negotiations over a contract.
Origin of bad faithTranslation of Latin mala fīdēs mala feminine singular of malus bad fīdēs faith, honesty
- (law) A malicious motive by a party in a lawsuit. This has an effect on the ability to maintain causes of action and obtain legal remedies.
- (law) Intent to deceive or mislead another to gain some advantage; dishonesty or fraud in a transaction (such as knowingly misrepresenting the quality of something that is being bought or sold).
- (philosophy) The existentialist concept of denying one's total freedom of will.
- attributive form of bad faith
- bad-faith claim
bad faith - Legal Definition
Dishonesty of purpose; lack of fairness and honesty; the continuous and willful failure to fulfill one’s duties or obligation. See also good faith.