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

    A denial; a waiver; refusal to accept an offer; a formal refusal to accept a conveyance. See 3 Wend. (N. Y.) 337, 20 Am. Dec. 699.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The repudiation or renunciation of a right or claim vested in a person or which he had formerly alleged to be his. The refusal, waiver or denial of an estate or right offered to a person. The disavowal, denial or renunciation of an interest, right or property imputed to a persen or alleged to be his. Also the declaration or the instrument, by which such disclaimer is published. Moores v. Clackamas County, 40 Or. 536, 67 Pac. 662. Of estates. The act by which a party refuses to accept an estate which has bcen conveyed to him. Thus, a trustee is said to disclaim who releases to his fellow-trustees his estate, and relieves himself of the trust. Watson v. Watson. 13 Conn. 85; Kentucky Union Co. v. Cornett, 112 Ky. 677, 66 S. W. 728. A renunciation or a denial by a tenant of his landlord's title, either by refusing to pay rent, denying any obligation to pay, or by setting up a title in himself or a third person, and this is a distinct ground of forfeiture of the lease or other tenancy, whether of land or tithe. See 16 Ch. Div. 730. In pleading. A renunciation by the defendant of all claim to the subject of the demand made by the plaintiff's bill. Coop. Eq. PI. 309; Mitf. Eq. PL 318. In patent law. When the title and specifications of a patent do not agree, or when part of that which it covers is not strictly patentable, because neither new nor useful, the patentee is empowered, with leave of the court, to enter a disclaimer of any part of either the title or the specification, and the disclaimer is then deemed to be part of the letters patent or specification, so as to render them valid for the future. Johns. Pat. 151.