stellionate

[ stel-yuh-nit, -neyt ]
/ ˈstɛl yə nɪt, -ˌneɪt /

noun Civil Law, Scots Law.

any crime of unspecified class that involves fraud, especially one that involves the selling of the same property to different people.

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Origin of stellionate

1615–25; < Latin stelliōnātus deceit, underhandedness, equivalent to stelliōn- (stem of stelliō) lizard, crafty person + -ātus -ate3
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