adverse interest

noun

Definitions of adverse interest

  • an interest, claim or right that is against another interest, claim or right, especially one belonging to another person

    "Parties with adverse interests must have separate attorneys."

Phrase Bank for adverse interest

  • The state claimed an adverse interest in the property.

  • The director’s interests were adverse to the company’s.

  • The U.S. held an adverse interest in the land.

  • adverse interest instruction

  • adverse interest exception

Additional Notes for adverse interest

  • This interest against the interest of the party calling a witness to the stand makes him or her an adverse or hostile witness. Although usually the party calling a witness to testify cannot impeach that person’s credibility, if the person has an adverse interest, the testimony may be discredited by the party who called that witness to the stand.

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