Legal Word of the Day: “Affirmative Defense”


“Affirmative Defense” – A complete or partial defense to a civil lawsuit or criminal procedure. It affirms the complaint or charges, but raises facts other than those alleged which, if proven, would defeat or reduce a claim.

Here’s an example of the principle at work:

OZ Optics Ltd. v. Dimensional Communications Inc., 2004 CanLII 35937 (ON SC) — 2004-11-05

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