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DEFEAT Definition & Legal Meaning

Definition & Citations:

To prevent, frustrate, or circumvent; as in the phrase “hinder, delay, or defeat creditors.” Coleman v. Walker, 3 Mete. (Ivy.) 05. 77 Am. Dec. 103; Walker v.Sayers, 5 Rush (Ivy.) 581.To overcome or prevail against in any contest; as in speaking of the ”defeated party” in an action at law. Wood v. Bailey, 21 Wall. 642, 22 L. Ed. 689; Goff v. Wilburn(Ky.) 79 S. W. 233. To annul, undo, or terminate; as, a title or estate. See DEFEASIBLE.


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