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defalcate

[dih-fal-keyt, -fawl-] /dɪˈfæl keɪt, -ˈfɔl-/
verb (used without object), defalcated, defalcating. Law.
1.
to be guilty of defalcation.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; < Medieval Latin dēfalcātus (past participle of dēfalcāre to cut off), equivalent to dē- de- + falcātus; see falcate
Related forms
defalcator, noun
undefalcated, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for undefalcated

defalcate

/ˈdiːfælˌkeɪt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (law) to misuse or misappropriate property or funds entrusted to one
Derived Forms
defalcation, noun
defalcator, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin dēfalcāre to cut off, from Latin de- + falx sickle
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Word Origin and History for undefalcated

defalcate

v.

1530s, "to lop off," from Medieval Latin defalcatus, past participle of defalcare (see defalcation). Modern scientific use dates from 1808.

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