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quitclaim

[kwit-kleym]
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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)
  1. to quit or give up claim to (a possession, right, etc.).

Origin of quitclaim

1275–1325; Middle English quitclayme < Anglo-French quiteclame, derivative of quiteclamer to declare quit. See quit1 (adj.), claim
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Historical Examples

  • Mrs. Wittleworth signed the quitclaim deed, and took the check.

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    Oliver Optic

  • "I'll sign a quitclaim in her favor, if that is what you mean," I said.

  • In any case, Ann Maffitt and the three Maffitt children did not sign a quitclaim to the property until 1835.

  • In March, 1902, Silcott conveyed his interest in the land to Ireland by a deed of quitclaim.

  • They were married following their arrival here and took a quitclaim on a homestead which in time became their property.


British Dictionary definitions for quitclaim

quitclaim

noun
  1. a formal renunciation of any claim against a person or of a right to land
verb
  1. (tr)
    1. to renounce (a claim) formally
    2. to declare (a person) free from liability

Word Origin

C14: from Anglo-French quiteclame, from quite quit + 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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