Duhaime's Law Dictionary Qui Non Obstat Quod Obstare Potest, Facere Videtur Definition: Latin: an individual who does not prevent something which he/she could of prevented, is taken to have done that thing. He seems to do, who does not oppose what he can oppose. Rapalje and Lawrence define the term as: "He who does not prevent what he can prevent, seems to commit the thing." Similarly, this definition by Burrill: "He who does not prevent a thing which he can prevent, is considered as doing it." The Latin maxim is taken from Roman law. REFERENCES: Burrill, A., A Law Dictionary and Glossary (New York: Voorhies Publishers, 1851), page 368. Rapalje, S.,and Lawrence, R., A Dictionary of American and English Law with Definitions of the Technical Terms of the Canon and Civil Laws (Jersey City: Frederick C. Linn & Co, 1888), page 1053. Categories & Topics: Dictionary of Latin Law Terms Duhaime's Tort and Personal Injury Law Dictionary Always looking up definitions? Save time with our search provider (modern browsers only) If you find an error or omission in Duhaime's Law Dictionary, or if you have suggestion for a legal term, we'd love to hear from you!