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The expression is used in law and indicates that the point to which it refers is undecided or doubtful. In a law report, the expression precedes a proposition of law which is an obiter dictum by the judge, or a suggestion by the reporter.
For example, in the All England Law Reports headnote for Hedley Byrne v Heller & Partners  2 All ER 575 (HL) the reporter (at 576 E-F) uses the expression when summarising certain remarks of Lords Reid, Morris, and Hodson on a point which did not arise for decision in the case; semble indicates that this may be the law but it falls to a future case to decide authoritatively.
In Simpkins v Pays , Sellers J, having made an award to the plaintiff, suggested "semble" that a similar award was due to a person (the defendant's granddaughter) who was not party to the action.
- Mann, Trischa, ed. (2010), "semble", Australian Law Dictionary. e-reference edition. (Oxford University Press. Oxford Reference Online), ISBN 978-0-19-969144-9
- Jonathan Law and Elizabeth A. Martin, ed. (2009), "semble", A Dictionary of Law. (7th (print version) © Market House Books Ltd ed.) (Oxford University Press. Oxford Reference Online.), ISBN 978-0-19-955124-8
- Harvey Cortlandt Voorhees (1911) Concise Law Dicitionary (revised edition; original compiled by Frederic Jesup Stimson) Little, Brown and Company, Boston at 311
- 'Simpkins v Pays'  1 WLR 975 Queen's Bench Division