latent ambiguity

noun Law.

uncertainty that arises when a seemingly clear written instrument is matched against an extrinsic fact, as when a description of something being sold fits two different items.

Nearby words

  1. latency,
  2. latency period,
  3. latensify,
  4. latent,
  5. latent allergy,
  6. latent content,
  7. latent diabetes,
  8. latent function,
  9. latent gout,
  10. latent heat

Origin of latent ambiguity

First recorded in 1840–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019