implied contract



A legally enforceable agreement that arises from conduct, from assumed intentions, from some relationship among the immediate parties, or from the application of the legal principle of equity.

For example, a contract is implied when a party knowingly accepts a benefit from another party in circumstances where the benefit cannot be considered a gift. Therefore, the party accepting the benefit is under a legal obligation to give fair value for the benefit received. Opposite of express contract. See also express contract, implied in fact contract, and implied in law contract.

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  • It was an implied contract and that meant that there were still some rules to be followed and fulfilled by the parties involved.

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  • Although there was never documentation drawn up, my roommates owe me money for the electric bill because the implied contract was that we would be splitting the bill.

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  • When I was taken to the hospital for treatment it created an implied contract that they would provide necessary care and that I would in turn compensate them for their services.

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