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Potentially subject to defeat, termination, or Annulment upon the occurrence of a future action or event, or the performance of a condition subsequent.The most common legal application of the term is with respect to estates as interest in land, such as in the case of a conveyance or a life estate, which is defeasible upon the happening of a certain specified event, for example, the death of the person holding such an interest.


adjective confutable, dismissible, dissoluble, functus officio, refutable, revocable, subject to being abrogated, subject to being annulled, subject to being cancelled, subject to being divested, subject to being invalidated, subject to being repealed, subject to being retracted, subject to being revoked, subject to being taken away, subject to being withdrawn, terminable, voidable
Associated concepts: defeasible deed, defeasible estate, deeeasible fee, defeasible interest, defeasible remainder, deeeasible title, determinable fee



DEFEASIBLE. What may be undone or annulled.

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He shows that the belief in the identity of matter is not a defeasibly justifying belief.
We are saying, instead, that pain is defeasibly bad-making; it has a default negative valence.
However, as I noted earlier, contemporary moral foundationalists defend weak moral foundationalism, according to which foundational moral beliefs are only defeasibly justified.
in the "nature" of fish eggs to develop into fish or whether "it is of the essence of lying that it is defeasibly wrong-making," or whether "the Good is, necessarily, defeasibly such as to be pursued" (2006a, 317) does not depend on facts about fish eggs or lying or the Good.