Latin Legal Terms


Deludo – this Latin verb literally means to cheat, to defraud, to play false, misleading the others. In practice, this word finds two main applications:
1) Within the sphere of Criminal Law. In many jurisdictions it usually refers to the crime “fraud”. This is a financial crime, considered as a deception deliberately committed in order to secure unfair or unlawful gain. Usually via performing a fraud, one person misleads another with the role to collect illegally (i.e. to steal) funds from them.
2) In the Law of Contracts. There cheat occurs in situations where unclear and misleading terms and conditions have been intentionally stipulated into an agreement by one of the parties. Their goal is to bring the opposite contracting party in a dodgy deal, so the party which cheats, to acquire illegal benefit. Synonyms of deludo are “circumvenio” and “decipio”

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