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From French renvoi.


renvoi (countable and uncountable, plural renvois)

  1. (law) A situation in which a court, tasked with deciding which state's law should apply to a case, decides to apply the law of the forum, based on the determination that a court from another involved state would also apply the law of the forum.
    • 1908, Edwin Hale Abbot, Is the Renvoi a Part of the Common Law?, page 8:
      As has been shown, the renvoi, if logically carried out, involves a perpetual deadlock. But both England and America try the validity of a will of personalty by the law of the testator's last domicil.
    • 1991, K. Zweigert & ‎K. Drobnig, International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law, →ISBN, page 22:
      The application of renvoi in matters of personal status, family relationships and succession involves mainly conflicts between the national law and the law of the domicile, but it may also comprise a renvoi from the personal law to the lex rei sitae, notably in matters of matrimonial property and succession. This may result in a partial renvoi, e.e. when immovables forming part of a succession are situated outside the country, the law of which governs the succession as the personal law.
    • 2000, George Panagopoulos, Restitution in Private International Law, page 106:
      However, it could be alternatively argued that there is a general principle at common law that renvoi does not apply in relation to what are termed “obligations” for the purposes of private international law.
  2. Cross-reference in text; a sign that refers to something introduced earlier in a text.
    • 1991, Myrdene Anderson & ‎Floyd Merrell, On Semiotic Modeling, →ISBN, page 331:
      In Jakobson's much simplified version of semiosis (1980:11, 22), a model M, a cabbage, could be said to function as a renvoi to the thing T, a king, and this referral could, by virtue of an effective similarity, be iconic (after all, as Mossis [1971:273] taught us, "Iconcity is . . . a matter of degree").
    • 2003, Jeffrey Bloechl, Religious Experience and the End of Metaphysics, →ISBN, page 87:
      The description would be inexact because it gives figure to an essential play of return (renvoi).
    • 2003, John N. Deely, The Impact on Philosophy of Semiotics: The Quasi-error of the External World with a Dialogue Between a 'semiotist' and a 'realist':
      "But since you have brought up Jakobson's formula", I continued, "let me remind you that he intended the formula to express the relation distinctive or constitutive of sign, a relation Jakobson felicitously characterized as renvoi."




Deverbal of renvoyer.



renvoi m (plural renvois)

  1. act of returning, of sending back
  2. firing (dismissal)
  3. (sports) clearance
  4. belch, burp
    Synonym: rot

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