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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.


(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


(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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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.
I prefer to play for a 'Blanco' (white-shirted) team than to accept a blank cheque," Van Nistelrooy declared.
Dubai: A senior official at the UAE Central Bank on Wednesday confirmed that it is illegal to obtain blank cheques as guarantees to secure loans or credit cards issued by financial institutions and urged residents not to be pressured by banks into handing out blank cheques.
Another contract - another blank cheque left as security.
Last month, benefits minister Steve Webb told MPs: "What we can't do is go on simply signing over a blank cheque to private landlords.
THE infernal cheek of a travel company boss to suggest that pensioners cannot be given a blank cheque to travel free on buses is based on the dubious fact that UK councils are pounds 30m short in paying for the scheme If local authorities didn't uniformly overpay their chief executives, and cut back on the fortune spent on mayoral junketing, there wouldn't be a problem.
ISLAMABAD, 07 April , 2009 (Frontier Star) -- Pakistan on Tuesday once again made it clear to US that no blank cheque has been given to them to carry out drone attacks urging without mutual cooperation war against terrorism is simply unachievable.
MULTAN, April 05, 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said no blank cheque will be taken from or given to US, adding no compromise will be made on the sovereignty of the country.
It seems there is always a blank cheque for war, but no blank cheque for looking after the most needy and vulnerable in our society.
Ministers were urged yesterday not to write a blank cheque for the 2012 Olympics amid reports the final bill could reach pounds 9bn.
The MP, a former GMB political officer, robustly defended his views on Swan's and claimed the union was effectively asking the Government to write a blank cheque to keep the yard open.