commercial frustration
commercial frustration n: frustration

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

commercial frustration
An unforeseen and uncontrollable event that excuses a party to a contract from performing his or her duties under that contract. For example, a landlord can break a lease if the property she agreed to rent accidentally burns down before the tenants move in.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


commercial frustration

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

commercial frustration
n.
   an unforeseen uncontrollable event which occurs after a written or oral contract is entered into between parties, and makes it impossible for one of the parties to fulfill his/her duties under the contract. This circumstance allows the frustrated party to rescind the contract without penalty. Such frustration (called frustration of purpose) could include the destruction by fire of the goods to be purchased, the denial of a permit to construct a building by a potential buyer, or denial of an application for a zoning variance to allow expansion by a contractor.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • commercial frustration — Excuse of party from performance if contract depends on existence of given person or thing and such person or thing perishes, and if contract is rendered impossible by act of God, the law, or other party. Wood v. Bartolino, 48 N.M. 175, 146 P.2d… …   Black's law dictionary

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  • frustration of purpose — n. A situation that arises when a condition that was part of a contract does not occur, through no fault of either party, but the condition was the reason for one party entering the contract in the first place; can be cause for terminating the… …   Law dictionary

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  • frustration — The prevention of accomplishment of purpose. See commercial frustration; frustrated expectations …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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