Nemo Tenetur Ad Impossibile Law and Legal Definition

Nemo tenetur ad impossibile is a legal maxim in Latin. The maxim states that no one is bound to perform impossibility.

The following is an example of a case in which the maxim was referred to:

The defendant is in the possession and enjoyment of valuable and productive property, sold to him by plaintiff, of which the price is many years past due. The condition attached to the payment of that price is, in substance, a transfer of bank stock, which has become, by a change in the administration of the bank, a legal impossibility. Nemo tenetur ad impossibile. [Clarke v. Peak, 15 La. Ann. 407, 409 (La. 1860)].