imperfect right

imperfect right
A right which is not a full or perfect right because he who would enjoy it has been guilty of some wrong, fault, or blame in the matter out of which the right accrued; as where a man sets up the plea of self-defense when he was the original aggressor. Wallace v United States, 162 US 466, 40 L Ed 1039, 16 S Ct 859.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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