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

    Irreproachable; innocent of fraud or wrongdoing; free from defect in form or sabstanco; free from exceptions or reservations. See examples below.
    —Clean bill of health. One certifying that no contagious or infectious disease exists, or certifying as to healthy conditions generally without exception or reservation.
    —Clean hill of lading. One without exception or reservation as to the place or manner of stowage of the goods, and importing that the goods are to be (or have been) safely and properly stowed under deck. The Delaware, 14 Wall. 596, 20 In Ed. 779; The Kirkhill, 99 Fed. 575, 39 a C. A. 658; The Wellington, 29 Fed. Cas. 626.
    —Clean hands. It is a rule of equity that a plaintiff must come with "clean hands," i. e., he must be free from reproach in his conduct. But there is this limitation to the rule: that his conduct can only be excepted to in respect to the subject-matter of his claim ; everything else is immaterial. American Ass'n v. Innis, 109 Ky. 595, 60 S. W. 388.