time is of the essence
- Used to express a need for haste in action or response.
- Said when something must be done immediately: When transporting organs for transplant, time is of the essence.
- (law) When used in a contract, places the other party on notice that failure to complete a required performance by a date certain set forth therein will constitute an incurable breach.
time is of the essence - Legal Definition
Contractual provision that requires prompt and timely fulfillment of obligations under the contract; failure to complete performance under time constraints set forth in the document may constitute a breach. Example: “Time is of the essence in the completion of this contract.”