earmarking doctrine

noun

ear·​mark·​ing doctrine
: a doctrine in bankruptcy law: a loan made by a third person to a debtor to enable the debtor to pay off a specified creditor cannot be avoided by the trustee as a preference since the debtor never actually had control of the funds and the transfer does not diminish the debtor's estate

Word History

Etymology

probably so called because the loan has been earmarked, i.e., specifically designated, by the debtor to pay a specific creditor

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“Earmarking doctrine.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/earmarking%20doctrine. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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