Subjective Intent Law and Legal Definition

Subjective intent refers to the actual state of a person's mind, a opposed to objective manifestations of his or her intentions. In contract law, subjective intent prevails notwithstanding objective manifestations, only if the personal meaning is known to the other party. Subjective intent, such as hidden beliefs or reservations, are usually not taken into account when the other party knew or could not have been unaware of what that intent was. Usually, the objective intent, such as signing of a contract to indicate an intent to be bound by the agreement, will prevail.