Repugnant condition

REPUGNANT CONDITION. One which is contrary to the contract itself; as, if I grant you a house and lot in fee, upon condition that you shall not aliens, the condition is repugnant and void, as being consistent with the right granted.

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The Union Workhouse was designed to act as a deterrent to the able-bodied pauper, and so poor relief would only be granted to those desperate enough to face entering the repugnant conditions.