ADHESION CONTRACT. A contract so heavily restrictive of one party, while so non- restrictive of another, that doubts arise as to its representation as a voluntary and uncoerced agreement; implies a grave inequality of bargaining power. The concept often arises in the context of “standard-form printed contracts prepared by one party and submitted to the other on a ‘take it or leave it’ basis. The law has recognized there is often no true equality in bargaining power in such contracts and has accommodated that reality in construing them.” Barron’s 3rd. Sea Note.

Note: A driver license application and an IRS Form 1040 are examples of an adhesion contract.

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