Expressum Facit Cessare Tacitum Law and Legal Definition

Expressum facit cessare tacitum is a legal maxim that means “what is expressed makes what is implied silent.” This form of construction is used while interpreting statutes, contracts and deeds. When a matter is clearly provided in a document, the clear and precise meaning is to be adopted. The implied meaning need not be adopted when a clear meaning is provided. For example, when a condition is provided that a contract should be fulfilled on a certain date, the tactic construction that the contract should be fulfilled within a reasonable time need not be adopted. When an express date is provided for repayment of a debt, the creditor cannot demand payment before that date.