Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Bad
    Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Substantially defective; inapt; not good. The technical word for unsoundness in pleading.
    —Bad debt. Generally speaking, one which is uncollectible. But technically, by statute in some states, the word may have a more precise meaning. In Louisiana, bad debts are those which have been prescribed against (barred by limitations) and those due by bankrupts who bave uot surrendered any property to be divided among their creditors. Civ. Code La. 1900, art. 1048. In North Dakota, as applied to the management of banking associations, the term means all debts due to the association on which the interest is past due and unpaid for a period of six months, unless the same are well secured and in process of collection. Rev. Codes N. D. 1899, § 3240
    —Bad faith. The opposite of "good fnith," generally implying or involving actual or constructive fraud, or a design to mislead or deceive another, or a neglect or refusal to fulfill some duty or some contractual obligation, not prompted by an honest mistake as to one's rights or duties, but by some interested or sinister motive. Hiigenberg v. Northup, 134 Ind. 92, 33 N. E. 786; Morton v. Immigration Ass'n, 79 Ala. 617; Coleman v. Billings, 89 111. 191; Lewis v. Holmes, 109 La. 1030, 34 South. 66, 61 L. It. A. 274 ; Harris v. Harris, 70 Pa. 174; Penn Mut. L. Ins. Co. v. Trust Co., 73 Fed. 653, 19 C. C. A. 316, 38 L. R. A. 33, 70; Insurance Co. v. Edwards, 74 Ga. 230.
    —Bad title. One which conveys no property to the purchaser of the estate ; one which is so radically defective that it is not marketable, and hence such that a purchaser cannot be legally compelled to accept it. Heller v. Cohen, 15 Misc. Rep. 378, 36 N. Y. Supp. 668.