defeasible

adjective
de·​fea·​si·​ble | \ di-ˈfē-zə-bəl How to pronounce defeasible (audio) \

Definition of defeasible

: capable of being annulled or made void a defeasible claim

Other Words from defeasible

defeasibility \ di-​ˌfē-​zə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce defeasible (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of defeasible

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for defeasible

alteration (conformed to -ible) of earlier defesable, borrowed from Anglo-French, from de- de- + fesable "doable, feasible," after defaire, desfaire "to undo, put an end to, destroy, nullify" — more at defeat entry 1

Learn More About defeasible

Time Traveler for defeasible

Time Traveler

The first known use of defeasible was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near defeasible

defeasance

defeasible

defeat

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for defeasible

Cite this Entry

“Defeasible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/defeasible. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for defeasible

defeasible

adjective
de·​fea·​si·​ble | \ di-ˈfē-zə-bəl How to pronounce defeasible (audio) \

Legal Definition of defeasible

: subject to or capable of being annulled or made void a defeasible interest his rights are not defeasible by agreement— J. D. Calamari and J. M. Perillo

More from Merriam-Webster on defeasible

Nglish: Translation of defeasible for Spanish Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Which Word Does Not Belong?

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!