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ˈlætʃ ɪzlach·es

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  1. laches(Noun)

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Laches(noun)

    alt. of Lache


  1. Laches

    Laches is an "unreasonable delay pursuing a right or claim...in a way that prejudices the [opposing] party" When asserted in litigation, it is an equitable defense, or doctrine. The person invoking laches is asserting that an opposing party has "slept on its rights," and that, as a result of this delay, circumstances have changed such that it is no longer just to grant the plaintiff's original claim. Put another way, failure to assert one’s rights in a timely manner can result in a claim being barred by laches. Laches is a form of estoppel for delay. In Latin,

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Laches

    läsh′ēz, n. (law) negligence or undue delay, such as to disentitle a person to a certain remedy, any negligence. [O. Fr. lachesse.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. laches

    In law, loose practice, or where parties let matters sleep for above seven years, when by applying to the admiralty court they might have compelled the production of an account.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of laches in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of laches in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of laches in a Sentence

  1. Charles de LEUSSE:

    Cowards lower their eyes, but also the arms. (Les lâches baissent les yeux ; - Baissent aussi les bras.)

  2. Charles de LEUSSE:

    Cowards excuse themselves by the children. Heroes excuse the children. (Les lâches s'excusent par les enfants. - Les héros excusent les enfants.)

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