Laches meaning

lăchĭz
Equitable doctrine that precludes or limits relief to one who delays in acting or bringing a claim.
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A legal doctrine that bars a claimant from receiving relief where the claimant's delay in pursuing the claim has operated to the prejudice of the opposing party.
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(law) Failure to do the required thing at the proper time (e.g., inexcusable delay in enforcing a claim)
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(law) Legal doctrine that a person who waits too long to bring a claim alleging a wrong shall not be permitted to seek an equitable remedy because the delay prejudiced the moving party. Sleeping on one's rights.
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Origin of laches

  • Middle English slackness, negligence from Anglo-Norman lachesse, laches from Old French laschesse from lasche loose, remiss lush1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French lâches (“remissness, slackness”).

    From Wiktionary