de-feasance

defeasance

[dih-fee-zuhns]
noun Law.
1.
a rendering null and void.
2.
a condition on the performance of which a deed or other instrument is defeated or rendered void.
3.
a collateral deed or other writing embodying such a condition.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English defesance < Anglo-French defesaunce, Old French defesance, equivalent to desfes- (past participle stem of desfaire to undo; see defeat) + -ance -ance

nondefeasance, noun
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defeasance (dɪˈfiːzəns)
 
n
1.  the act or process of rendering null and void; annulment
2.  a.  a condition, the fulfilment of which renders a deed void
 b.  the document containing such a condition
 
[C14: from Old French, from desfaire to defeat]

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defeasance
early 15c., from Anglo-Fr. defesaunce, O.Fr. defesance "undoing, destruction," from O.Fr. defesant, prp. of desfaire (Mod.Fr. défaire) "to undo, destroy," from des- (see dis-) + faire "to do" (from L. facere; see factitious). Related: Defease (late 15c.); defeasible (1580s).
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