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Blank

Lacking something essential to fulfillment or completeness; unrestricted or open. A space left empty for the insertion of one or more words or marks in a written document that will effectuate its meaning or make it legally operative. A printed legal form in which the standard or necessary words are printed in their proper order with spaces left open, to be filled with names, dates, figures, and additional clauses.

A blank check is one that is unrestricted as to the amount to be paid.

blank

(Emptiness), noun absence, barrenness, cipher, hiatus, hollowness, inexistence, insubstantiality, nil, nonexistence, nonsubsistence, nonentity, nothing, nothingness, nullity, tabula rasa, unsubstantiality, vacancy, vacuousness, vacuum, vacuus, void, zero
Associated concepts: blank acceptance, blank bond, blank check, blank endorsement, blank instrument, blank verdict, endorsement in blank, signed in blank

blank

(Form), noun data sheet, document, dossier, legal document, paper, questionnaire
See also: bleak, devoid, document, empty, form, inexpressive, inscrutable, nonentity, oblivious, thoughtless, vacant, vacuous, void

BLANK. A space left in writing to be filled, up with one or more words, in order to make sense. 1. In what cases the ambiguity occasioned by blanks not filled before execution of the writing may be explained 2. in what cases it cannot be explained.
     2. - 1. When a blank is left in a written agreement which need not - have been reduced to writing, and would have been equally binding whether written or unwritten, it is presumed, in an action for the non-performance of the contract, parol evidence might be admitted to explain the blank. And where a written instrument, which was made professedly to record a fact, is produced as evidence of that fact which it purports to record, and a blank appears in a material part, the omission may be supplied by other proof. 1 Phil. Ev. 475 1 Wils. 215; 7 Verm. R. 522; 6 Verm. R. 411. Hence a blank left in an award for a name, was allowed to be supplied by parol proof. 2 Dall. 180. But where a creditor signs a deed of composition leaving the amount of his debt in blank, he binds himself to all existing debts. 1 B. & A. 101; S. C. 2 Stark. R. 195.
     3. - 2. If a blank is left in a policy of insurance for the name of the place of destination of a ship, it will avoid the policy. Molloy, b. 2, c. 7, s. 14; Park, Ins. 22; Wesk. Ins. 42. A paper signed and sealed in blank, with verbal authority to. fill it up, which is afterwards done, is void, unless afterwards delivered or acknowledged and adopted. 1 Yerg. 69, 149; 1 Hill, 267 2 N. & M. 125; 2 Brock. 64; 2 Dev. 379 1 Ham. 368; 6 Gill & John. 250; but see contra, 17 S. & R. 438. Lines ought to be drawn wherever there are blanks, to prevent anything from being inserted afterwards. 2 Valin's Comm. 151.
     4. When the filling up blanks after the execution of deeds and other writings will vitiate them or not, see 3 Vin. Abr. 268; Moore, 547; Cro. Eliz. 626; 1 Vent. 185; 2 Lev. 35; 2 Ch. R. 187; 1 Anst. 228; 5 Mass. 538; 4 Binn. 1; 9 Crancb, 28; Yelv. 96; 2 Show. 161; 1 Saund. Pl. & Ev. 77; 4 B. & A. 672; Com. Dig. Fait, F 1; 4 @Bing. 123; 2 Hill. Ab. c. 25, Sec. 80; n. 33, Sec. 54-and 72; 1 Ohio, R. 368; 4 Binn. R. 1; 6 Cowen, 118; Wright, 176.

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A senior official at the apex bank said that it is illegal to obtain blank cheques as guarantees to secure loans or credit cards issued by financial institutions.
More than 90 per cent of bank customers do not know that blank cheques cannot be used as evidence against them in a court case.
The customer would sign the blank cheque not having any idea about the amount the bank would decide to write in it at the point of default, and not aware that it may well have the same effect as a bounced cheque which could land him in legal trouble and in jail, he says.
But, revealingly, there is no mention of giving blank cheques or underwriting construction risk of offshore wind power or solar power, or energy efficiency.
Mega-rich City hoped to sign the former Manchester United striker from Real Madrid, with their Arab owners reportedly ready to offer a blank cheque for him.
We are not in the business of writing a blank cheque to pay for the consequences of inadequate safeguards.
This, he said, would be like writing a blank cheque.
Each was given a separate floor to design and free creative reign was, somewhat astonishingly, matched with a blank cheque.
It was that they were very unhappy about what happened with the war and they want to be sure that if they support Labour they are not giving a blank cheque for it to happen again.
The pro-life movement, on the other hand, especially the Catholics in it, recognized the legislation as neither moderate nor a compromise, but as a blank cheque to abortion-seeking women, and especially to abortion physicians, to go ahead without the danger of ever being prosecuted.
I can understand the owners' point of view, and I would probably do the same with a blank cheque in front of me, but how many more will be snapped up before someone says "no, it's my ball and you're not playing".
Canada's chartered banks are embracing automation with a blank cheque.