Latin Legal Terms


Detineo – this Latin verb has two different meanings, depending of where it finds application:
1) To hold off, keep away, hold back, detain. Within this meaning, in the Divorce Law in some jurisdictions it is possible to obtain for your personal legal protection, a restriction order by the court, which to oblige the other spouse to keep themselves away from you and not to get close to you than certain distance.
2) Hinder, delay. for example, in the Law of Contracts, if one of the parties delays the performance of their obligations, they should pay penalty for delay (a compensation for the delayed performance) towards the other party.

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