estoppel

[ e-stop-uh l ]
/ ɛˈstɒp əl /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. estocada,
  2. estonia,
  3. estonian,
  4. estop,
  5. estoppage,
  6. estoril,
  7. estournelles de constant, d',
  8. estovers,
  9. estrada cabrera,
  10. estrada cabrera, manuel

Origin of estoppel

First recorded in 1575–85, estoppel is from the Middle French word estoupail stopper. See estop, -al2

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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

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Word Origin and History for estoppel

estoppel

n.

1530s, from Old French estopail, literally "bung, cork," from estoper (see estop).

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