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nimia subtilitas in jure reprobatur, et talis certitudo certitudinem Confundit Definition:

Latin: too much subtlety in law is condemned, and so much certainty confounds certainty.

Broom proposes that Latin legal maxim is a "rule of logic" and then offers this confundit descriptipon, " unhelpful  description: "A pleading is not objectionable as ambiguous or obscure, if it be certain to a common intent, that is, if it be clear enough according to reasonable intendment or construction, though not worded with absolute precision.nimia subtilitas in jure reprobatur, et talis certitudo certitudinem Confundit "

 

Edward Coke uses the phrase in his law reports at 15 Rep 151.

 

CITATIONS & REFERENCES:

  • Broom, Herbert, A Selection of Legal Maxims Classified and Illustrated, 10th Ed., (London: Sweet & Maxwell Limited, 1939), pages 162-168,

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