Latin Legal Terms

Certe

Certe or “certo” – this Latin word has two different meanings:
1) It means: certainly, assuredly. It participates in the legal phrase “certum est quod certum redid potest”, which means “if it can be rendered certain”. In practice this phrase applies in the area of Law of Contracts for example, where points something unknown but which can be concretized with further actions.
2) It means: to contend, settle, dispute. In the legal practice, the word participates in the legal maxim “Cum certum est an et quantum debeatur”, which is used in the area of Law of Contracts. It means that a debt is liquidated when it is certain and un-doubtful what exactly is due, and when it is due to be paid.

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