substantial compliance

substantial compliance
substantial compliance n: compliance with the substantial or essential requirements of something (as a statute or contract) that satisfies its purpose or objective even though its formal requirements are not complied with

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

substantial compliance
n. A doctrine in equity that if a good faith attempt was made to perform the requirements of a contract, but failed to exactly meet the specifics, and if the essential aim of the contract has been met, the agreement will still be considered as having been completed. Minimal damages for the impreciseness may be permitted by the court.
See also performance.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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