[ dih-fee-zuh-buh l ]
/ dɪˈfi zə bəl /


capable of being annulled or terminated.

Origin of defeasible

From the Anglo-French word defesible, dating back to 1580–90. See defeasance, -ible

Related forms

de·fea·si·ble·ness, de·fea·si·bil·i·ty, nounnon·de·fea·si·bil·i·ty, nounnon·de·fea·si·ble, adjectivenon·de·fea·si·ble·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for defeasible


/ (dɪˈfiːzəbəl) /


law (of an estate or interest in land) capable of being defeated or rendered void
philosophy (of a judgment, opinion, etc) having a presupposition in its favour but open to revision if countervailing evidence becomes knownCompare incorrigible (def. 3)

Derived Forms

defeasibleness or defeasibility, noun
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