Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    To prevent, frustrate or circumvent ; as in the phrase "hinder, delay or defeat creditors." Co.leman v. Walker, 3 Mete, (Ky.) 65, 77 Am. Dec. 163; Walker v. Sayers, 5 Bush (Ky.) 581. To overcome or prevail against in any contest ; as in speaking of the "defeated party" in an action at law. Wood v. Bailey, 21 Wall. 642, 22 L. Ed. 689; Goff v. Wilburn (Ky.) 79 S. W. 233. To annul, undo, or terminate; as, a title or estate. See Defeasible.