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Doctrine of Merger

Definition

A common law doctrine under which one thing is absorbed, or merged, into another; for example, in criminal law the doctrine of merger will cause lesser included offenses to be absorbed into the greater offense; in property law, the doctrine of merger will cause the terms of a contract for sale to be merged into the final deed; in contract law, the terms of a prior agreement may be merged into a subsequent final document or legal decree.

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