Express refers to a right, obligation, or another legal principle explicitly written down or stated.  Express is the opposite of implied.

For example, if a contract states that “Party A must secure a bank loan before Party B must sell his house…”, we would say that the contract expressly requires Party A to secure a bank loan.

If a statute states that private parties may sue anyone who violates the statute, we would say the statute creates an express private right of action.

Pronunciation (Keep in mind that some pronunciation examples include meanings of “express”)

Hear it on Younglish

Sample Sentences

The express provisions of the contract are unambiguous so I do not think he could have misunderstood their meaning.

There is an express guaranty with every purchase that the product will be free of defects.

« Back to Glossary Index