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Capable of being annulled or invalidated: a defeasible claim to an estate.

de·fea′si·bil′i·ty n.


1. (Law) law (of an estate or interest in land) capable of being defeated or rendered void
2. (Philosophy) philosophy (of a judgment, opinion, etc) having a presupposition in its favour but open to revision if countervailing evidence becomes known. Compare incorrigible3
deˈfeasibleness, deˌfeasiˈbility n


(dɪˈfi zə bəl)

capable of being annulled or terminated.
[1580–90; < Anglo-French]
de•fea′si•ble•ness, de•fea`si•bil′i•ty, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.defeasible - capable of being annulled or voided or terminated; "a claim to an estate may be defeasible so long as the claimant is under 21 and unmarried"
indefeasible - not liable to being annulled or voided or undone; "an indefeasible right to freedom"; "an indefeasible claim to the title"
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Conversely, I don't believe that an egalitarian can commit to even a defeasible notion of inviolability, while at the same time endorsing massive social engineering projects that do not target the truly needy, and fail to discriminate between the blameless and the irresponsible.
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What renders this title defeasible is not a vested proprietary interest, but a mere equity held by the transferor.
These requirements are prima facie (or, more accurately, pro tanto) obligations, which are taken to be defeasible or open to being overridden by conflicting obligations.