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undue influence

Courts will find that someone drafting a will was subject to undue influence if they gave into the pressure rather than writing the will based on their desires.
  law:  excessive persuasion that takes advantage of another’s weakness of mind (or distress or necessity) such that the victim’s inability to withstand the persuasion results in the victim making a decision they would not otherwise have made
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Standard Prefix:  "Un" at the beginning of a word, often means "not" as is "unsatisfactory", or "unnecessary".
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  • Courts will find that someone drafting a will was subject to undue influence if they gave into the pressure rather than writing the will based on their desires.
  • What a blessing it is, when undue influence does not survive the grave!
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • That she would have—that it is a case of undue influence.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • 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.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie

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  • 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.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • 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.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • ) Most people would agree that money has an undue influence on elections and that far too much money is spent on political campaigns.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • To this union of the Senate with the President, in the article of appointments, it has in some cases been suggested that it would serve to give the President an undue influence over the Senate, and in others that it would have an opposite tendency, a strong proof that neither suggestion is true.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Such a council, in fine, as a substitute for the plan of the convention, would be productive of an increase of expense, a multiplication of the evils which spring from favoritism and intrigue in the distribution of public honors, a decrease of stability in the administration of the government, and a diminution of the security against an undue influence of the Executive.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
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Associated words [difficulty]:   undue influence [9] , habeas corpus [5] , hearsay [5] , probable cause [5] , burden of proof [7] , double jeopardy [7] , statute of limitations [7] , attorney-client privilege [8] , Miranda rights [9] , grandfathered [9] , search and seizure [9]
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