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[noh-vey-shuh n]
  1. Law. the substitution of a new obligation for an old one, usually by the substitution of a new debtor or of a new creditor.
  2. the introduction of something new; innovation.
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Origin of novation

1525–35; < Latin novātiōn- (stem of novātiō) a renewing, equivalent to novāt(us) (past participle of novāre to renew, derivative of novus new) + -iōn- -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for novation


  1. law the substitution of a new obligation for an old one by mutual agreement between the parties, esp of one debtor or creditor for another
  2. an obsolete word for innovation
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Word Origin for novation

C16: from Late Latin novātio a renewing, from Latin novāre to renew
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Word Origin and History for novation


"replacement of an old obligation by a new one," 1530s, from Latin novationem (nominative novatio) "a making new, renewal," noun of action from past participle stem of novare "make new," from novus "new" (see new).

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