affirmative defense

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Defendant's statement (usually filed in response to the prosecution's charge) that discloses new facts which, if proved, will defeat the prosecution's case. Claim of contributory negligence or duress in civil cases, and of insanity or self defense in criminal cases, are some of the affirmative defenses.

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I knew the defendant would be okay because he had an affirmative defense that would take down the prosecution and free him.
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If you can have a strong affirmative defense then you will have a very good chance of winning your case.
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The attorney plans to introduce an affirmative defense in hopes that the new facts will get his client cleared of all charges.
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