Definitions for estoppelɛˈstɒp əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

es•top•pelɛˈstɒp əl(n.)

  1. a legal bar that prevents a person from asserting a claim or fact that is inconsistent with a position that the person has previously taken.

    Category: Law

Origin of estoppel:

1575–85; < MF estoupail stopper

Princeton's WordNet

  1. estoppel(noun)

    a rule of evidence whereby a person is barred from denying the truth of a fact that has already been settled


  1. estoppel(Noun)

    A legal principle in the law of equity that prevents a party from asserting otherwise valid legal rights against another party because conduct by the first party, or circumstances to which the first party has knowingly contributed, make it unjust for those rights to be asserted.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Estoppel(noun)

    a stop; an obstruction or bar to one's alleging or denying a fact contrary to his own previous action, allegation, or denial; an admission, by words or conduct, which induces another to purchase rights, against which the party making such admission can not take a position inconsistent with the admission

  2. Estoppel(noun)

    the agency by which the law excludes evidence to dispute certain admissions, which the policy of the law treats as indisputable


  1. Estoppel

    Estoppel in its broadest sense is a legal term referring to a series of legal and equitable doctrines that preclude "a person from denying or asserting anything to the contrary of that which has, in contemplation of law, been established as the truth, either by the acts of judicial or legislative officers, or by his own deed, acts, or representations, either express or implied." This term appears to come from the Old French estoupail, which meant "stopper plug", referring to placing a halt on the imbalance of the situation. The term is related to the verb "estop" which comes from the Old French term estopper, meaning "stop up, impede."

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