Mutatis Mutandis Law and Legal Definition

Mutatis mutandis is a Latin phrase that means "by changing those things which need to be changed.” The phrase can also mean “having substituted new terms.” Mutatis mutandis relates to due alterations to be made in similar statements. For example, the phrase can be used in contract clauses such as, "The changes proposed for the first contract apply mutatis mutandis to all other contracts." Mutatis mutandis is used to gain a reader's attention to differences between a statement and a similar but different earlier statement. This phrase refers to matters that are generally same but can be altered according to need. Changes in similar statements will be regarding points in detail such as the name, title, and address of the parties.