de·fea·sance /di-'fē-zəns/ n [Anglo-French defesance, literally, undoing, destruction, from Old French deffesant, present participle of deffaire to destroy, undo see defeat]
1 a: a condition (as in a deed or will) that upon fulfillment terminates a property interest
b: an instrument setting forth such a condition
2: a rendering null or void

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun abolishment, abolition, abrogation, annulment, breakup, canceling, cancellation, cassation, cessation, close, conclusion, deprivation, disallowance, discharge, discontinuance, disendowment, disestablishment, dissolution, end, end of the matter, ending, expiration, finish, invalidation, limit, negation, nullification, ousting, recall, removal, repeal, replacement, rescindment, rescission, retractation, retraction, reversal, reversion, revocation, revokement, stoppage, supersession, suppression, undoing, vacation, voidance, windup, withdrawal associated concepts: condition, defeasance clause, defeasance of contract, defeasance of title, defeasible estate II index abolition, countermand, discharge (annulment), discharge (release from obligation), discontinuance (act of discontinuing), dissolution (termination), repudiation, rescision, revocation

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

The action of rendering something null and void; an instrument that negates or nullifies some other instrument, such as a will or deed.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

See vesting.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

The act of rendering something null and void, or a clause in a deed, lease, will, or other legal document that completely or partially negates the document if a certain condition occurs or fails to occur. For example, a will may provide that a gift of property is defeasable — that is, void — if the beneficiary fails to marry before a certain time.
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Wills

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

n. The abrogation of an interest in real property.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

   an antiquated word for a document which terminates the effect of an existing writing such as a deed, bond or contract if some event occurs.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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