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Dutch Term English Term Definition
datum in dienst employment start date
daar given that
dading release; settlement
dagvaarden to summons

Note the ‘s’ at the end (summons, not summon).

dagvaarding writ of summons (UK usage); indictment (US usage)

In The Netherlands, there are 2 ways of initiating civil proceedings – dagvaardingsprocedure or verzoekschriftprocedure. Where proceedings are commenced by issuing a dagvaarding, there is an inleidende dagvaarding (initiating writ of summons).

debiteurenafdeling accounts receivable
decreet decree

Statutory Instrument issued by the language communities/the Flemish and Walloon Regions.

deelvonnis partial award
derdengelden trust
derdenrekeningen trust
dictum operative part of the judgment
dienende dag the hearing date
directeur groot aandeelhouder director and major shareholder

Abbreviation: DGA in Dutch, DMS in English

directie directorate
doel objects

‘Objects’ (in the plural) of a company are the activities it pursues; do not translate as ‘purpose’, ‘goal’, etc.

doorbetaling van loon tijdens ziekte paid sick leave
dossier claim file

In an insurance context. Context: …close my file

drempels limits

In an insurance context.

duurovereenkomst continuing performance contract
duurzaam ondernemen sustainability; sustainable business
dwingend recht mandatory law

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