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latent ambiguity

noun, Law.
1.
uncertainty that arises when a seemingly clear written instrument is matched against an extrinsic fact, as when a description of something being sold fits two different items.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50
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  • Parol evidence is also admissible to explain a latent ambiguity.
  • Parol evidence is admissible not only to bring out the latent ambiguity but also to explain the true intention of the parties.
  • latent ambiguity does not appear on the face of the instrument.
  • Given our conclusion a latent ambiguity exists, resort to extrinsic evidence is appropriate.
  • But language that appears unambiguous on its face may be shown to have a latent ambiguity.
  • Courts will find a latent ambiguity where the disputed language, without more, admits of two different reasonable interpretations.

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