Undue influence


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(Law) any improper or wrongful constraint, machination, or urgency of persuasion, by which one's will is overcome and he is induced to do or forbear an act which he would not do, or would do, if left to act freely.
- Abbott.

See also: Undue

References in classic literature ?
Not only many of the officers of government, who obeyed the dictates of personal interest, but others, from a mistaken estimate of consequences, or the undue influence of former attachments, or whose ambition aimed at objects which did not correspond with the public good, were indefatigable in their efforts to pursuade the people to reject the advice of that patriotic Congress.
What a blessing it is, when undue influence does not survive the grave
He had availed himself, in this heavy undertaking, of the experience of a certain wandering eastern mechanic, who, by exhibiting a few soiled plates of English architecture, and talking learnedly of friezes, entablatures, and particularly of the composite order, had obtained a very undue influence over Richard’s taste in everything that pertained to that branch of the fine arts.
Middleton, jealous of his own consideration no less than of the authority of his government, suspected some undue influence on the part of the agents of the Canadas; and, as he was determined to maintain the authority of which he was the representative, he felt himself constrained to manifest a hauteur, that he was far from feeling.
That she would have--that it is a case of undue influence.
In 2006, in Estate of Dubendorfer, (176) the court confused the issue by stating that the burden of proof--and not simply the burden of persuasion--shifted in an undue influence case once a prima facie showing had been made by a will contestant.
Midiwo was ordered to pay Sh3 million with the judge adding that the petitioner's claims of voter bribery, violence and undue influence of voters was nothing but hearsay.
Expressing anger at the absence of two suspects in the case, the bench remarked that some persons were trying to use undue influence to exert pressure on the court.
Don't try to use undue influence on the courtwe conduct a fair trial over here," remarked the bench.
14, 2010, Supreme Court Associate Justice Arturo Brion (ret) said: 'The significance of sub judice rule is highlighted in criminal cases, as the possibility of undue influence prejudices the accused's right to a fair trial.
Ms Park is accused of allowing her friend Choi Soon-sil to have undue influence over her, including giving her access to government documents.
For publishing four profiles of LGBT members of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, the Record was accused of bias and undue influence by some readers.