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LACHES (from Anglo-French lachesse, n...

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Originally appearing in Volume V16, Page 50 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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LACHES (from Anglo-French lachesse, negligence, from lasche, modern ldche, unloosed, slack), a term for slackness or negligence, used particularly in law to signify negligence on the part of a person in doing that which he is by law bound to do, or unreasonable lapse of time in asserting a right, seeking relief, or claiming a privilege. Laches is frequently a bar to a remedy which might have been had. if prosecuted in proper time. Statutes of limitation specify the time within which various classes of actions may be brought. Apart from statutes of limitation courts of equity will often refuse relief to those 50 who have allowed unreasonable time to elapse in seeking it, on the principle vigilanlibus ac non dormientibus jura subveniunt.
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