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estoppel

[e-stop-uh l]
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noun Law.
  1. 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 of estoppel

First recorded in 1575–85, estoppel is from the Middle French word estoupail stopper. See estop, -al2
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estoppel

noun
  1. law a rule of evidence whereby a person is precluded from denying the truth of a statement of facts he has previously assertedSee also conclusion

Word Origin

C16: from Old French estoupail plug, from estoper to stop up; see estop
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Word Origin and History for estoppel

n.

1530s, from Old French estopail, literally "bung, cork," from estoper (see estop).

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