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The 'Natural Meaning' of Contracts


John Carter


University of Sydney - Faculty of Law

Elisabeth Peden


University of Sydney - Faculty of Law


Journal of Contract Law, Vol. 21, p. 277, 2005
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 06/58

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This article considers the concept of 'natural meaning' used in the construction of contracts. It considers the relevant theoretical aspects of construction law and the differences between linguistic meaning, legal effect and application of the contract. The conclusion is that ultimate question is always the meaning or application which the parties intended the words to have, whether natural or not.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 12

Keywords: Contract law, Commercial construction

JEL Classification: K12, K40

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Date posted: November 28, 2006  

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Carter, John and Peden, Elisabeth, The 'Natural Meaning' of Contracts. Journal of Contract Law, Vol. 21, p. 277, 2005; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 06/58. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=947365

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John Carter (Contact Author)
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law ( email )
Faculty of Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia
Elisabeth Peden
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law ( email )
Faculty of Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia
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