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Errors and omissions excepted

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"Errors and omissions excepted" (E&OE[1]) is a phrase used in an attempt to reduce legal liability for potentially incorrect or incomplete information supplied in a contractually related document such as a quotation or specification.

It is often applied as a disclaimer in situations in which the information to which it is applied is relatively fast-moving. In legal terms, it seeks to make a statement that information cannot be relied upon, or may have changed by the time of use.

It is regularly used in accounting, to "excuse slight mistakes or oversights."[2]

It is also used when a large amount of information is listed against a product, to state that—to the best of the supplier's knowledge—the information is correct, but that they will not be held responsible if an error has been committed.


  1. ^ Alexander, Fran, ed. (1998). "E & OE". The Oxford Dictionary of Abbreviations (Second ed.). Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-280073-6.
  2. ^ Stewart Rapalje, Robert Linn Lawrence. "A Dictionary of American and English Law: With Definitions of the Technical Terms of the Canon and Civil Laws. Also, Containing a Full Collection of Latin Maxims, and Citations of Upwards of Forty Thousand Reported Cases in which Words and Phrases Have Been Judicially Defined Or Construed, Volume 1 (Google eBook)". Frederick D. Linn & Company, 1888