re·lease 1 vt re·leased, re·leas·ing
1 a: to relieve or free from obligation, liability, or responsibility
the debtor is released from all dischargeable debts
b: to give up (a claim, title, or right) to the benefit of another person: surrender
2: to set free from confinement
was released on personal recognizance
release 2 n
1 a: discharge from an obligation or responsibility that bars a cause of action
did not effect a release of the school for any negligence
b: the giving up or renunciation of a right or claim that bars a cause of action
was a release of the remainder of the debt
◇ A release may in some situations require consideration in order to be valid. A release of one joint obligor sometimes is considered to release all the obligors.
2: an act or instrument that effects a release
signed a release issued by the insurer – called also release of all claims; compare hold harmless
3: the act or instance of freeing esp. from custody

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun abandonment, absolution, acquittal, acquittance, amnesty, casting away, cession, clearance, compurgation, deliverance, disbanding, discarding, discharge, disculpation, disengagement, disentanglement, disenthrallment, dismissal, dispensation, disposal, emancipation, exculpation, excusal, excuse, exemption, exoneration, extrication, forgiveness, freeing, immunity, laying aside, liberatio. liberation, manumission, missio, pardon, pardonment, quietus, relinquishment, salvation, setting free, sparing, unchaining, unfettering, unharnessing, untying, waiver, yielding associated concepts: binding release foreign phrases:
- Eodem modo quo oritur, eodem modo dissotvttur. — It is discharged in the same manner in which it was created
- Quodque dissotvttur eodem modo quo ligatur. — A thing is unbound in the same manner that it is made binding
II verb clear, deliver, discharge, disengage, disenthrall, dismiss, emancipate, enfranchise, exculpate, excuse, exempt, exonerate, exsolvere, extricate, forgive, free, give clearance, give up, laxare, let go, let out, liberare, liberate, manumit, relieve, relinquish, remit, reprieve, save, set at large, set at liberty, set free, set loose, spare, unburden, unfetter, yield associated concepts: release a claim, release a lien III index absolution, acquit, acquittal, amnesty, assign (transfer ownership), authorize, bestow, catharsis, cede, cession, clear, clemency, composition (agreement in bankruptcy), condone, deed, disband, discharge (liberation), discharge (dismiss), discharge (liberate), disencumber, disengage, disentangle, disenthrall, dismiss (discharge), dispel, disposition (transfer of property), dissociate, emancipation, enable, enfranchise, excuse, exemption, exoneration, extricate, exude, free, freedom, immunity, issuance, issue (publish), layoff, let (permit), liberate, liberation, notice (announcement), notification, palliate (excuse), pardon (noun), pardon (verb), parole (noun), parole (verb), privilege, probation, proclaim, publication (disclosure), publicity, quit (free of), receipt (proof of receiving), redeem (repurchase), redemption, relieve (free from burden), relinquish, remise, remission, remit (release from penalty), report (detailed account), rescue, respite (reprieve), settlement, terminate, vindicate, waiver

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

If a liability is discharged, the person to whom it was owed may be asked to execute a formal release to acknowledge that he has no further claim. Where a security such as a mortgage is released e.g. when the secured debt has been repaid, the security document should be enclosed with a release or discharge executed by the person entitled to the security. The entries at the Companies Registry and Land Registry reflecting the charges need to be cancelled.

Easyform Glossary of Law Terms. — UK law terms.

To set free; to remove restrictions from someone or something.
(1) The act of setting someone or something free.
(2) Giving up a claim, right, debt, or interest; a document that gives up a claim, right, debt, or interest.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

1. a document or act discharging rights or claims.
2. to give up or discharge rights or claims.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

1) To give up a right, as releasing one from the obligation to perform under a contract, or relinquishing an interest in property.
2) To give freedom, as letting out of prison.
3) The written document that establishes or grants a release.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

1 Freeing from an obligation or commitment.
2 Liberating one from a duty or claim that she could have been held legally liable for.
3 Surrendering of a right or title.
4 A written permission to publish or to quote in print, given to a newspaper or book publisher by the quote's legal owner.
5 A discharge from custody, confinement, or imprisonment, whether with certain provisos or unconditionally.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A contractual agreement by which one individual assents to relinquish a claim or right under the law to another individual against whom such claim or right is enforceable.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A contractual agreement by which one individual assents to relinquish a claim or right under the law to another individual against whom such claim or right is enforceable.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   1) v. to give up a right as releasing one from his/her obligation to perform under a contract, or to relinquish a right to an interest in real property.
   2) v. to give freedom, as letting out of prison.
   3) n. the writing that grants a release.

Law dictionary. . 2013.


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