quitclaim

[kwit-kleym]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to quit or give up claim to (a possession, right, etc.).

Origin of quitclaim

1275–1325; Middle English quitclayme < Anglo-French quiteclame, derivative of quiteclamer to declare quit. See quit1 (adj.), claim
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quitclaim

noun
  1. a formal renunciation of any claim against a person or of a right to land
verb
  1. (tr)
    1. to renounce (a claim) formally
    2. to declare (a person) free from liability

Word Origin for quitclaim

C14: from Anglo-French quiteclame, from quite quit + clamer to declare (from Latin clamāre to shout)
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Word Origin and History for quitclaim
n.

"a relinquishing of a legal right or claim," c.1300, from Anglo-French quiteclame; see quit (v.) + claim (n.). Cf. Old French clamer quitte "to give up (a right)."

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