Latin Legal Terms


Chirographum – this Latin noun literally means a written signature or autograph; a handwriting. For example, personal wills are usually handwritten, in order to prove more effectively that namely the testator has been the person who has prepared and signed the will. In the area of Law of Contracts, this term refers to undertaken obligation or made acknowledgment, in both cases done by handwriting and signed. The word participates in the phrase “diet chirographum non extans presmitur sulutum”, which explains the maxim that a proof of debt not existing is considered to have been discharged.

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