CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) Legal-Aptitude Legal Maxims Revision (Page 9 of 37)

Derivativa potestas non potest esse major primitiva

Any power derived from other power cannot be greater than from the power from which it has derived.

Deus solus haeredem facere potest, non homo

Only God can make an heir.

Dies Dominicus non est juridicus

Law does not consider Sunday.

Discretio est discernere per legem quid sit justum

Discretion is to prove what is true by law.

Doli incapax

One who cannot commit crime as he is incapable of doing it.



Domus sua cuique est tutissimum refugium

Man seeks safest refuge in his house.

Dona clandestina sunt semper suspiciosa

Clandestine gifts are always suspected.

Dormiunt leges aliquando, nunquam moriuntur

The laws may sleep, but cannot die.

Doti lex favet; praemium pudoris est; ideo parcatur

Let the favoring of dower by law be preserved.


Doubtful whether the decision is correct.

Duo non possunt in solido unam rem possidere

Two people cannot own one thing fully at a time.

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