1. A rendering void; an annulment.
a. The voiding of a contract or deed.
b. A clause within a contract or deed providing for annulment.
[Middle English defesaunce, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French defesance, from defesant, present participle of desfaire, to destroy; see DEFEAT.]
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