In Extenso – Legal Maxim

Literal Meaning

At full length; in extension.


In extenso is an adverb. It is a Latin term which in simple words, means from beginning to end, leaving out nothing.


It is a Medieval Latin term which means ‘at full length’ and was first came in 1826. Its origin is from a Latin maxim in extēnsō in at extēnsō ablative of extēnsus stretch.


An article reprinted in extenso in a later collection.

Case Reference

In the celebrated judgment of Jacob Mathew v. State of Punjab &Anr.,[1] it was observed that to understand the term medical negligence, the term negligence must be studies in extenso.

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[1] Jacob Mathew v. State of Punjab & Anr., (2005) 6 SCC 1

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