defease

[ dih-feez ]
/ dɪˈfiz /

verb (used with object), de·feased, de·feas·ing.

to defeat or annul (a contract, deed, etc.).

Nearby words

  1. defang,
  2. default,
  3. defaulter,
  4. defcon,
  5. defeasance,
  6. defeasible,
  7. defeat,
  8. defeatism,
  9. defeatist,
  10. defeature

Origin of defease

First recorded in 1470–80; back formation from defeasance

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