Chevron Doctrine Law and Legal Definition

The term Chevron doctrine comes from the case Chevron U.S.A. Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., 467 U.S. 837 (1984). It refers to a defense invoked by a government agency allowing the court to show deference to the agency's interpretation of a law the it administers. It basically says that if Congress hasn't addressed the matter, the agency's interpretation of a regulation or statute it administers is permissible it should be deferred to.