Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Mala Fides Definition:

Latin: bad faith.

Related Terms: Bad Faith, Malice, Bona Fide

Also spelled mala fide (without the "s").

Something done in bad faith.

For example, someone who buys goods knowing that they are stolen does so mala fides.

Often used interchangeably with malice, especially in defamation cases, although the two terms ought to be distinguished.

Presented as the oppiste of bona fide (good faith).

French: mauvaise foi.

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