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Legal Terms Beginning with Q

Quaere

Latin for query as in an issue on which some doubt or question exists. Read the full definition of Quaere on Duhaime.org

Qualified Privilege

A defence in defamation actions that defeats the claim when the alleged defamation issues during specified occasions. Read the full definition of Qualified Privilege on Duhaime.org

Quantum

Latin: amount or extent. Read the full definition of Quantum on Duhaime.org

Quantum Meruit

Latin: as much as is deserved. Read the full definition of Quantum Meruit on Duhaime.org

Quash

To set aside. Read the full definition of Quash on Duhaime.org

Quasi-Delict

Civil law: a delict (wrong) caused by negligence. Read the full definition of Quasi-Delict on Duhaime.org

Quasi-Judicial

Administrative tribunals or government officials which, in their decision-making process, are subject to the rules of natural justice. Read the full definition of Quasi-Judicial on Duhaime.org

Queen's Counsel

An archaic designation of a barrister, phased out in most jurisdiction, indicating of its title holder faithfulness to the Crown, but more recently, contribution to the profession of lawyers. Read the full definition of Queen's Counsel on Duhaime.org

Question of Privilege

A term of parliamentary law and procedure which refers to an urgent motion made at a meeting which seeks an immediate ruling on an alleged violation of the rights or privileges of members as a whole, or in regards to a negative personal remark. Read the full definition of Question of Privilege on Duhaime.org

Quia Emptores

A 1290 English statute that held that notwithstanding the subdivision (subinfeudation) of a feeholding; the new tenant owed feudal rights and obligations not to the seller but to the Land Lord. Read the full definition of Quia Emptores on Duhaime.org

Quicquid Plantatur Solo, Solo Cedit

Latin: whatever is planted in the ground, belongs to the ground. Read the full definition of Quicquid Plantatur Solo, Solo Cedit on Duhaime.org

Quid pro quo

Latin: something for something. The giving of something in exchange for another thing of equal value. Read the full definition of Quid pro quo on Duhaime.org

Quiet Enjoyment

A landivord's obligation to provide the tenant with reasonable privacy and freedom from any interference with the tenant's exclusive use and enjoyment of the rented premises. Read the full definition of Quiet Enjoyment on Duhaime.org

Qui facit per alium facit per se

He who acts through another, acts himself. Read the full definition of Qui facit per alium facit per se on Duhaime.org

Qui Non Obstat Quod Obstare Potest, Facere Videtur

Latin: an individual who does not prevent something which he/she could of prevented, is taken to have done that thing. Read the full definition of Qui Non Obstat Quod Obstare Potest, Facere Videtur on Duhaime.org

Quistclose Trust

A trust which arises to the benefit of the donor when property is advanced for a specific purpose and that purpose fails. Read the full definition of Quistclose Trust on Duhaime.org

Quitclaim

A document in which a person who has an alleged interest in real property, transfers this interest to another. Read the full definition of Quitclaim on Duhaime.org

Quorum

The minimum number of voting members that must be in attendance at a meeting of an organization for that meeting to be regularly constituted. Read the full definition of Quorum on Duhaime.org

Quo warranto

Latin and referring to a special legal procedure taken to stop a person or organization from doing something for which it may not have the legal authority, by demanding to know by what right they exercise the controversial authority. Read the full definition of Quo warranto on Duhaime.org