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

    The obliteration of words or marks from a written instrument by rubbing, scraping or scratching them out. Also the place in a document where a word or words have been so removed. The term is sometimes used for the removal of parts of a writing by any means whatever, as by cancellation; but this is not aa accurate use. Cloud v. Hewitt, 5 Fed. Cas. 1,085; Valuer v. Brakke, 7 S. D. 343, 64 N. W. 180.