Latin Legal Terms


Cunctatio – this Latin noun literally means “delay” or “hesitation”. Delay in practice may occur for example in performance of obligations, behind the agreed deadlines. In such case, the other party which has properly performed their obligations may claim compensation for delayed performance. The word participates in the expression “nulla umquam de morte civis cunctatio longa est”, which translates as “no deliberation concerning the death of a citizen is ever long”.

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