Definition - What does Duress mean?

Duress is pressure or influence that is exerted over a person in order to gain a specific result. The pressure must be direct and something that could not be avoided. It can be seen to have changed the opinion of one party or made them agree to something that was not in their best interest. Duress appears in many court cases. It is often seen in contract law when a debtor claims to have been pressurized to a certain agreement that they are unable to keep.

Justipedia explains Duress

If duress is proven then it acts as a breach of contract. It will create a situation where a person does not have to comply with something they previously agreed to that was not in their best interest. It must be shown that whatever was done was against the person's better judgment and would have been done only due to extreme pressure from the other party.

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