Distinguenda sunt tempora; aliud est facere, aliud perficere

Distinguenda sunt tempora; aliud est facere, aliud perficere
Times must be distinguished; it is one thing to act and another to finish. The maxim has been applied as asserting the doctrine that the law should be construed in a manner to some extent affected by public sentiment. Blocs v Tobey, 19 Mass 320, 327.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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