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1. A rendering void; an annulment.
a. The voiding of a contract or deed.
b. A clause within a contract or deed providing for annulment.

[Middle English defesaunce, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French defesance, from defesant, present participle of desfaire, to destroy; see defeat.]
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1. (Law) the act or process of rendering null and void; annulment
2. (Law)
a. a condition, the fulfilment of which renders a deed void
b. the document containing such a condition
[C14: from Old French, from desfaire to defeat]
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(dɪˈfi zəns)

1. a condition rendering a deed or other instrument void.
2. a document stipulating such a condition.
[1400–50; Old French defesance <desfes- (past participle s. of desfaire to undo; see defeat)]
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The company said it intends to use the net proceeds of this offering for the repayment, redemption, repurchase, defeasance or other retirement of certain outstanding indebtedness, including commercial paper and debt outstanding under its revolving credit facility, and for general corporate purposes.
Sirius XM said it intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for general corporate purposes, which may include, from time to time and as market conditions warrant, the repurchase, redemption, defeasance, tender or repayment of its outstanding senior or subordinated indebtedness, including any borrowings outstanding under its revolving credit facility, and dividends to SiriusXM, its parent corporation, to fund share repurchases of SiriusXM's common stock.