estoppels

estoppel

[e-stop-uhl]
noun Law.
a bar or impediment preventing a party from asserting a fact or a claim inconsistent with a position that party previously took, either by conduct or words, especially where a representation has been relied or acted upon by others.

Origin:
1575–85; < Middle French estoupail stopper. See estop, -al2

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estoppel (ɪˈstɒpəl)
 
n
law See also conclusion a rule of evidence whereby a person is precluded from denying the truth of a statement of facts he has previously asserted
 
[C16: from Old French estoupail plug, from estoper to stop up; see estop]

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estoppel
1530s, from O.Fr. estoupail "bung, cork," from estouper (see estop).
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