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quitclaim

[kwit-kleym] /ˈkwɪtˌkleɪm/
noun, Law.
1.
a transfer of all one's interest, as in a parcel of real estate, especially without a warranty of title.
verb (used with object)
2.
to quit or give up claim to (a possession, right, etc.).
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English quitclayme < Anglo-French quiteclame, derivative of quiteclamer to declare quit. See quit1 (adj.), claim
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Examples from the web for quitclaim
  • He has asked me to sign a quitclaim deed and deed the house to him.
  • He wants to give his half of the property to my sister using a quitclaim deed.
British Dictionary definitions for quitclaim

quitclaim

/ˈkwɪtˌkleɪm/
noun
1.
a formal renunciation of any claim against a person or of a right to land
verb
2.
(transitive)
  1. to renounce (a claim) formally
  2. to declare (a person) free from liability
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French quiteclame, from quitequit + clamer to declare (from Latin clamāre to shout)
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Word Origin and History for quitclaim
n.

"a relinquishing of a legal right or claim," c.1300, from Anglo-French quiteclame; see quit (v.) + claim (n.). Cf. Old French clamer quitte "to give up (a right)."

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