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Latin. As if from a contract; as if arising out of a contract. As of agreement. Arising as if from a contract, or (as it is technically termed) arising from quasi contract. Obligations and rights arise from quasi contracts as well as from those that are express. A quasi contract is one constituted not by express consent, but by the circumstances out of which it arises. Thus an heir is bound by quasi contract for his ancestor's debts; and where goods are thrown overboard for the purpose of saving the ship and remainder of the cargo, the owners of the ship and of the cargo saved are liable, quasi ex contractu, for the value of the goods that have so perished. In such cases there could be no express contract, but the rights and relative obligations emerged from the circumstances.

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