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ABSQUE TALI CAUSA

absque tali causa (abs-kwee tay-lIkaw-z<<schwa>>), adv.[Law Latin] Without such cause. •

In  common-law  pleading,  this  was  part  of  the  larger  phrase  de  injuria  sua  propria,  absque  tali

causa (“of his own wrong, without such cause”) appearing in a reply that a trespass plaintiff made

to counter a defendant’s claim  of excuse.  In an assault case, for example, if a defendant pleaded

that  he  had  struck  the  plaintiff  in  self-defense,  the  plaintiff  could  reply  that  the  defendant  was

guilty of his own wrong committed without such cause as alleged. See DE INJURIA. [Blacks Law 8th]