bright line


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bright line

1. noun A clear division, typically between two things. As a new parent, you learn that there's not a bright line between looking out for your child's welfare and being overprotective. It's a bright line! You're either borrowing, which implies permission, or you're stealing!
2. adjective Describing a clear standard, especially in legal situations. Typically hyphenated in this usage. There's a bright-line rule for a reason. We can't apply the law inconsistently, changing our minds from case to case!
See also: bright, line

bright-line

Especially in law, defined by clear terms, standards, and rules so as to avoid ambiguity or room for interpretation. Used especially as "bright-line rule" or "bright-line standard." After the economic crash, several bright-line rules were established.
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