confession and avoidance - Legal Definition
Webster's New World Law Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey.
A pleading in which a defendant admits the allegations against him, but alleges additional facts that negates the adverse legal effect of what he has admitted. For example, in a state where adultery is a ground for divorce, a plea of condonation would be a confession and avoidance.
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