ORS 71.1020¹
  • rules of construction
  • variation by agreement

(1) The Uniform Commercial Code shall be liberally construed and applied to promote its underlying purposes and policies.

(2) Underlying purposes and policies of the Uniform Commercial Code are:

(a) To simplify, clarify and modernize the law governing commercial transactions;

(b) To permit the continued expansion of commercial practices through custom, usage and agreement of the parties;

(c) To make uniform the law among the various jurisdictions.

(3) The effect of provisions of the Uniform Commercial Code may be varied by agreement, except as otherwise provided in the Uniform Commercial Code and except that the obligations of good faith, diligence, reasonableness and care prescribed by the Uniform Commercial Code may not be disclaimed by agreement but the parties may by agreement determine the standards by which the performance of such obligations is to be measured if such standards are not manifestly unreasonable.

(4) The presence in certain provisions of the Uniform Commercial Code of the words "unless otherwise agreed" or words of similar import does not imply that the effect of other provisions may not be varied by agreement under subsection (3) of this section.

(5) In the Uniform Commercial Code, unless the context otherwise requires:

(a) Words in the singular number include the plural, and in the plural include the singular;

(b) Words of the masculine gender include the feminine and the neuter, and when the sense so indicates words of the neuter gender may refer to any gender. [1961 c.726 §71.1020 (Purposes)]

Law Review Cita­tions

69 OLR 872 (1990)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 71—General Provisions for Uniform Commercial Code, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors71.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 71, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­071ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent. Currency Information