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novation (plural novations)
- (law) Replacement of a contract with one or more new contracts, in particular in financial markets the replacement of a contract between a particular buyer and seller with contracts between the clearing house and each party.
- Netting by novation will occur immediately upon registration of the transaction in the SCM's name. — London Clearing House submission to the CFTC 
- (law) A new contract between the original contracting parties whereby the first obligation is extinguished and a new obligation is substituted.
- An example of a novation is where an original debt which was payable in two instalments is novated to become payable in five installments.
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