Legal Definition and Related Resources of Representation

Meaning of Representation

The act of representing. The state of being represented. A setting forth by statement or account . Also a statement made by one of the parties to a contract , preceding the contract, not being part thereof. See Brynildsen v Ambassador Ins. Co., 274 A.2d 327, 113 N.J.Supp. 514. It is something that is short of a warranty , proceeding from the action or conduct or statements of the party making the representation and which is sufficient to create upon the mind a distinct impression of facts conducive to action. See Hadad v Lewis, (D.C. Mich.) 382 F.Supp. 1365. In the law of insurance , a representation although not a term of the contract, nevertheless if false and material to the risk, supplies the basis of rescission of insurance contract by insurer. See Violin v Firemens Fund Ins. Co., 406 P.2d 287, 81 Nev. 456. These are not part of the insurance contract but are collateral thereto and are statements made to insurer before or at time of execution of contract, presenting elements on which risk is either accepted or rejected. See Cook v Farmers Mut. Fire association of West Virginia, 81 S.E.2d 71, 139 W.Va. 700. Representations may be either by words or positive assertion or by deeds, acts or artifices calculated to induce action. See Universal C.I.T. credit Corp. v Tatro, (Mo.App.) 416 S. W.2d 696.

Representation Alternative Definition

In Practice. A doctrine by which a particular party, though not before the court in person, is so far represented by others that his interest receives such actual and efficient protection that the decree may be held to be binding upon him. 209 111. 141. In Insurance. The stating of facts by one applying for a policy of insurance, whether in writing or orally, expressly or by plain implication, preliminary and in reference to making the insurance, obviously tending to influence the insurer as to entering into the contract. 1 Phil. Ins. § 524; 12 Md. 348; 11 Cush. (Mass.) 324; 2 N. H. 551; 6 Gray (Mass.) 221. A representation is to be distinguished from a “warranty,” which is a statement of facts by the insured,, which is a part of the contract. 21 Conn. 19; 49 Me. 200. There is no certain rule to determine whether particular statements are representations or warranties. Statements expressly declared to be warranties (78 Hun. [N. Y.] 222), or incorporated in the policy, actually (39 N. J. Law, 89) or by reference (45 N. Y. 80), are warranties, but otherwise the question is one of intent; the use of the word “warrant” not being conclusive (59 N. Y. 557), and a statement will be declared a representation unless the contrary intent is clear (98 Mass. 381). The importance of the distinction lies in the fact that breach of any warranty avoids the policy, while breach of a representation is fatal only when such representation is material to the risk. 98 Mass. 381. In Scotch Law. The name of a plea or statement presented to the lord ordinary of the court of session when his judgment is brought under review.

Synonyms of Representation

(Acting for others), noun

  • acting as attorney for
  • advocacy
  • agency
  • agentship
  • body of delegates
  • body of deputies
  • deputation
  • rendering legal advice
  • rendering legal assistance
  • speaking for another
  • substitution
  • supplying another’s place

(Statement), noun

  • account
  • assertion of facts
  • asseveration
  • declaration
  • depiction
  • description
  • effigies
  • explanation
  • illustration
  • imago
  • indication
  • narration
  • narrative
  • portraiture
  • portrayal
  • presentation
  • relation
  • report
  • setting forth
  • Associated Concepts: false representation
  • material representation
  • misrepresentation
  • public representation

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Apportionment, Certificate, Covenant, Deceit, False Pretense, Fraud, , Inadequate, Labor Agreement, Labor Dispute, Misrepresentation, Model, Obscene, Per Capita, Per Stirpes, Privies, Privity, Promise, Reform Acts, Representative, Spectogram, Succession, Suggestion, Theft By False Pretenses.

Translate Representation from English to Spanish

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English Spanish Translation of Representation

Declaración: No legal representation: No les representa (un <a href="https://Abogado)

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Representation in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of representation.

Meaning of Representation in Spanish

Description/ translation of representation into Spanish: (poder de) representación; representation order: orden que expide el tribunal reconociendo a una persona determinada como representante del imputado. Esta orden se expide a instancia del propio abogado[1]

Note: for more information on related terms and on the area of law where representation belongs (criminal procedure law), in Spanish, see here.

Notes and References

  1. Translation of Representation published by Antonio Peñaranda


See Also

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police
  • Law Enforcement Agency

Further Reading

Representation in the context of Real Property

See: Per Stirpes in this legal Dictionary.

Representation in the context of Real Property

See: Per Stirpes in this legal Dictionary.



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