Voluit Sed Non Dixit Law and Legal Definition

Voluit sed non dixit is a legal maxim in Latin. It means ‘the person willed but did not say.’ This maxim is seen referred to while interpreting testamentary acts. In some cases, the maxim is also referred to while interpreting the intention of a statute.

The following is an example of a case law referring to the maxim:

As to the intention of the parties, it is not a matter of inference or conjecture; the instrument itself expressly declares at what time the legal estate shall unite with the equitable. But a grantor or testator may intend to do a thing, and yet not do it; and the courts are frequently obliged to say voluit, sed non dixit. [Blake v. Irwin, 3 Ga. 345 (Ga. 1847)].