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new matter :: legal definition


New matter - n. newly claimed facts or legal issues raised (brought up) by a defendant (the party being sued) to defend himself/herself/itself beyond just denying the allegations in the complaint filed by the person bringing the lawsuit (plaintiff). Such new matters are called "affirmative defenses."

See also: affirmative defense answer and Related Law Terms ↓


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clean hands doctrine :: n. a rule of law that a person coming to court wit ... ices. See also: affirmative defense
denial :: n. a statement in the defendant's answer to a comp ... ative defense answer general denial
last clear chance :: n. a rule of law in determining responsibility for ... contributory negligence negligence
unclean hands :: n. a legal doctrine which is a defense to a compla ... ough. See also: affirmative defense

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