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The 'Natural Meaning' of Contracts

Journal of Contract Law, Vol. 21, p. 277, 2005

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 06/58

12 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2006  

John Carter

The University of Sydney Law School

Elisabeth Peden

The University of Sydney Law School

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Contract law, Commercial construction

JEL Classification: K12, K40

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=947365

John Carter (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

Elisabeth Peden

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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