Breaking-Bulk Doctrine Law and Legal Definition

Breaking-Bulk Doctrine refers to a rule followed in old English law whereby it was held that if a bailee who had lawful possession of property delivered in bulk, breaks it open and misappropriates the contents, it constitutes a crime of larceny. If the bailee wrongfully took the property without opening the container, the act was theft but not larceny.

Breaking-Bulk Doctrine is also known as breaking-bale doctrine.