Dictionary.com

estoppel

[ e-stop-uhl ]
/ ɛˈstɒp əl /
Save This Word!

noun Law.
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.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

Origin of estoppel

First recorded in 1575–85, estoppel is from the Middle French word estoupail stopper. See estop, -al2
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use estoppel in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for estoppel

estoppel
/ (ɪˈstɒpəl) /

noun
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 for estoppel

C16: from Old French estoupail plug, from estoper to stop up; see estop
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK