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A material fact is a fact that a reasonable person would recognize as germane to a decision to be made, as distinguished from an insignificant, trivial, or unimportant detail. In other words, it is a fact the suppression of which would reasonably result in a different decision.
Falsification of a material fact that would cause a party to the contract to refrain from entering into the contract may be grounds for rescission. For example, misrepresentation of a material fact on an application for insurance may allow an insurance company grounds to rescind an insurance policy. (See insurance fraud).
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