a posteriori

A posteriori is a Latin phrase that means "by a reason that comes after" (implied by experience). This is generally used to mean "after the facts".

In philosophy, a posteriori reasoning is reasoning starting from the data of...


A.K.A is the abbreviation of “also known as”. It is often used to specify a party’s aliases or nicknames in a case.

[Last updated in November of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]



An abbreviation for American Bar Association. See American Bar Association (ABA).

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Abuse is an action that intentionally causes harm or injures another person. This can refer to physical abuse, psychological abuse, mental abuse, or child abuse (see below).

Abuse is also to misuse something - e.g., abuse...

abuse excuse

Abuse excuse is defined as a self-defense claim which is usually used in criminal cases, stating that a defendant is incapable of distinguishing between right and wrong or controlling their impulses because of being subjected to prolonged...

abuse of discretion


A standard of review used by appellate courts to review decisions of lower courts. The appellate court will typically find that the decision was an abuse of discretion if the discretionary decision was made in plain error.


accelerated depreciation

Accelerated depreciation is any method of depreciation where the business depreciates a greater proportion of an asset’s value earlier in its life. A common accelerated depreciation method is MACRS. Compare with straight-line depreciation...

accelerated filer

Accelerated filer is a class of reporting company which has shorter deadlines to file their periodic reports.

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Rule 12b-2 establishes the requirements that a company must satisfy to...

acceleration clause


An accelerated clause is a term in a loan agreement that requires the borrower to pay off the loan immediately under certain conditions.


An accelerated clause is typically invoked when the borrower materially breaches the...

acceptance of service

Acceptance of service is defined as an agreement by the defendant (or the defendant's attorney) to accept papers or a complaint without having the papers served by a process server or a sheriff. Acceptance of service is accomplished by...