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Legal Terms Beginning with V

Vagrancy

A criminal offence of being intentionally unemployed and thereby neglecting to maintain himself or his family. Read the full definition of Vagrancy on Duhaime.org

Vagrant

A tramp or homeless person. Read the full definition of Vagrant on Duhaime.org

Valuation

An expert's assessment, appraisal or opinion as to the market value of an item of property. Read the full definition of Valuation on Duhaime.org

Vehicle

Any thing that is designed to transport persons or objects. Read the full definition of Vehicle on Duhaime.org

Vendor

The seller; the person selling. Read the full definition of Vendor on Duhaime.org

Venue

This has the same meaning as in everyday English except that in a legal context it usually refers specifically to the location or proposed district of a judicial hearing. Read the full definition of Venue on Duhaime.org

Verba Fortius Accipiuntur Contra Proferentem

Latin: a contract is interpreted against the person who wrote it. Read the full definition of Verba Fortius Accipiuntur Contra Proferentem on Duhaime.org

Verdict

The decision of a jury. Read the full definition of Verdict on Duhaime.org

Vessel

Watercraft or other artificial contrivance used, or capable of being used, as a means of transportation on water. Read the full definition of Vessel on Duhaime.org

Vicarious Liability

Liability for the tort of another even though the person being held responsible may not have done anything wrong. Read the full definition of Vicarious Liability on Duhaime.org

Videlicet

Latin for to wit or that is to say. Read the full definition of Videlicet on Duhaime.org

Vir

Latin for man or husband. Read the full definition of Vir on Duhaime.org

Viva Voce

Latin: by voice. Evidence which is given orally to a Court by a witness' word of mouth (as opposed to in writing, such as by affidavit or deposition). Read the full definition of Viva Voce on Duhaime.org

Viz

An abbreviation of the Latin word videlicet. Read the full definition of Viz on Duhaime.org

Voidable

A legal entitlement, such as a contract, that is extinguishable at the option of a party. Read the full definition of Voidable on Duhaime.org

Void or Void Ab Initio

Not legally binding. A document that is void is useless and worthless; as if it did not exist. Read the full definition of Void or Void Ab Initio on Duhaime.org

Voir Dire

A mini-hearing held during a trial on the admissibility of contested evidence. Read the full definition of Voir Dire on Duhaime.org

Volenti Non Fit Injuria

Latin: to one who is willing, no harm is done. Read the full definition of Volenti Non Fit Injuria on Duhaime.org

Voyage

In maritime law, the time of a ship's transit from one place to another. Read the full definition of Voyage on Duhaime.org

Voyeurism

The secret viewing of another person in a place where that person would have a reasonable expectation of privacy, for the purposes of the viewer's sexual arousal Read the full definition of Voyeurism on Duhaime.org