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

    Discharge; application of payment of an intestate’s personalty and relief of his realty therefrom.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The removal of a burden, charge or duty. Particularly, the act of relieving a person or estate from a charge or Ilability by casting the same upon another person or estate, Louisville & N. B. Co., v. Comm., 114 Ky. 787, 71 S. W. 916; Bannon v. Burnes (C. Ct) 39 Fed. 898. A right or equity which exists between Bi-Law Dict.(2d Ed.)—30 those who are sucoessively liable for the same debt. "A surety who discharges an obligation is entitled to look to the principal for reimbursement, and to invoke the aid of a court of equity for this purpose, and a subsequent surety who, by the terms of the contract, is responsible only in case of the default of the principal and a prior surety, may claim exoneration at the hands of either." Bisp. Eq. § 331. In Scotch law. A discharge; or the act of being legally disburdened of, or liberated from, the performance of a duty or obligation. Bell.