Unclean Hands Definition


The doctrine that a party seeking damages or redress in a suit cannot have done anything illegal or dishonest himself in the transaction with which the suit is concerned; an equitable principle stemming from the concept that one who has done wrong should not recover from another who may also have done wrong. See also clean hands.

Webster's New World Law

(law) A doctrine of equity under which a court of law will not provide equitable relief to a party whose own conduct has been improper.


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