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verb (used with object), es·topped, es·top·ping.
  1. Law. to hinder or prevent by estoppel.
  2. Archaic. to stop.
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Origin of estop

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French estopper, Old French estoper to stop up, derivative of estoupe < Latin stuppa tow. Cf. stuff
Related formsun·es·topped, adjective
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Related Words

bar, obstruct, plug, preclude, prevent, prohibit

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Historical Examples

  • All these inhibitory influences which generally produce negation do not estop Mr. Hughes.

    Behind the Mirrors

    Clinton W. Gilbert

  • This alone, it would seem, ought to estop him from a new trial.

  • But—but how can a stroke of the pen, a mere gesture, estop a whole class of American citizens forever?


    T.S. Stribling

  • Such was alien to his kindly nature; and if it had not been, there were other causes to estop him from any such indulgence.

  • By publishing his new libel, you estop yourself from denying me this freedom.

British Dictionary definitions for estop


verb -tops, -topping or -topped (tr)
  1. law to preclude by estoppel
  2. archaic to stop
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Derived Formsestoppage, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Old French estoper to plug, ultimately from Latin stuppa tow; see stop
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Word Origin and History for estop


1530s, from Anglo-French estopper "to stop, bar, hinder" (especially in a legal sense, by one's own prior act or declaration), from Old French estoper "plug, stop up, block; prevent, halt" (also in obscene usage), from estope "tow, oakum," from Latin stuppa "tow" (used as a plug); see stop (v.).

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