defeasible

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Back-formation from defeasance +‎ -ible, from Anglo-Norman defesaunce, Old French desfaisance, a deverbal noun from desfaire (to undo) (Modern French défaire), from des- (un-, apart) + fere, faire (to do) + -able, reflecting Latin dis- + facere + -ābilis. Near-doublet of defeatable.

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defeasible (comparative more defeasible, superlative most defeasible)

  1. (law, logic) Capable of being defeated, terminated, annulled, voided or invalidated.
    The accounting charge for the non-callable debt is defeasible by an escrow.

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