Term Details

English

Term ratio 
Plain Language Definition the core principle
of a particular judgment
that is followed or referred to
in future cases with similar facts 
Context/Example The lower courts are obliged to follow the *ratio* of judgments of higher courts. 
Related words
reasoning, principle;
Latin: ratio decidendi 
 
This term last modified: 1/18/2009
 
 
 
 
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