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From Anglo-Norman defeasaunce.

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defeasance (countable and uncountable, plural defeasances)

  1. (now rare) Destruction, defeat, overthrow.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.xii:
      that hoarie king, with all his traine, / Being arriued, where that champion stout / After his foes defeasance did remaine []
  2. (US, law) The rendering void of a contract or deed; an annulment; to abrogate.

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