constructive notice

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Constructive notice is the legal fiction that someone actually received notice (being informed of a case that could affect their interest - see: Notice) whether or not they truly did receive this.  If certain procedures have been followed, the law will consider a person to legally have received notice, even if in fact they did not. The notice under this doctrine arises by presumption of law from the existence of facts and circumstances. For example, a constructive notice can be perceived from a registered deed or a pending suit.  Compare:  Actual Notice.

[Last updated in January of 2022 by the Wex Definitions Team]