estoppel [e-stop-uh l] ExamplesWord Origin noun Law.

  1. a bar or impediment preventing a party from asserting a fact or a claim inconsistent with a position that party previously took, either by conduct or words, especially where a representation has been relied or acted upon by others.

Origin of estoppel First recorded in 1575–85, estoppel is from the Middle French word estoupail stopper. See estop, -al2 Examples from the Web for estoppel Historical Examples of estoppel

  • The doctrine of estoppel “cutting no figure” with the Baxter contingent.

    Shadow and Light

    Mifflin Wistar Gibbs

  • History now pleads them as an estoppel against his followers.

    Thirty Years’ View (Vol. II of 2)

    Thomas Hart Benton

  • Peter stood in the sunshine, looking at the estoppel clause, his lips agape.


    T.S. Stribling

  • If A trades in his own name, a person dealing with him cannot claim that A is a corporation by estoppel.

    Cyclopedia of Commerce, Accountancy, Business Administration, v. 3


  • To create a corporation by estoppel, there must be an organization assuming to act as a corporation.

    Cyclopedia of Commerce, Accountancy, Business Administration, v. 3


  • British Dictionary definitions for estoppel estoppel noun

    1. law a rule of evidence whereby a person is precluded from denying the truth of a statement of facts he has previously assertedSee also conclusion

    Word Origin for estoppel C16: from Old French estoupail plug, from estoper to stop up; see estop Word Origin and History for estoppel n.

    1530s, from Old French estopail, literally “bung, cork,” from estoper (see estop).

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