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Clearly Erroneous

clearly erroneous adj

: being or containing a finding of fact that is not supported by substantial or competent evidence or by reasonable inferences [findings of fact…shall not be set aside unless clearly erroneous "Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 52(a)"] see also Amendment VII to the Constitution in the back matter compare abuse of discretion, de novo NOTE: The requirement that findings be clearly erroneous to be set aside is a standard of review used esp. by an appellate court when reviewing a trial judge's (as opposed to a jury's) findings of fact for error.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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