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stale

of a claim, having lost its effectiveness or force, as by failure to act or by the lapse of time. Some stale claims maybe lost forever by operation of PRESCRIPTION or LIMITATION. See CHEQUE, LACHES.
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Her concern over the legitimacy of our government is well founded, but, under our federal system, it is difficult for a federal court to say that this overcomes stalest legitimate, self-serving reasons for engaging in this practice.