Laches Definition

Failure to do the required thing at the proper time (e.g., inexcusable delay in enforcing a claim)
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage
Equitable doctrine that precludes or limits relief to one who delays in acting or bringing a claim.
Webster's New World Law

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

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