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defeatnoun beating, breakdown, collapse, confutation, default, destruction, disappointment, downfall, failure, loss, nonfulfillment, overthrow, refutation, ruin, ruination, setback, thwarting, undoing, vanquishment
Associated concepts: defeat a cause of action, defeat the purrose, defeat the rights, defeated candidate, defeated party
defeatverb beat, block, checkmate, confound, contravene, crush, demolish, drub, foil, frustrate, gain control over, halt, master, outwit, overcome, overmaster, overpower, overthrow, overwhelm, prevail over, put down, quell, refute, rout, smash, squelch, subdue, subjugate, suppress, surmount, thwart, triumph over, trounce, upset, vanquish, vincere, victimize
Associated concepts: defeat a cause of action, defeat a will, defeat or impair jurisdiction, defeat the purpose, defeat the rights
See also: abate, abatement, answer, avoid, balk, cancel, circumvent, contravene, controvert, counteract, debacle, extinguish, failure, foil, frustrate, frustration, halt, miscarriage, negate, nonsuit, obliterate, overcome, override, overthrow, overturn, overwhelm, preclude, prevent, prostration, rebuff, refute, rejection, reply, repulse, subdue, subject, subjugate, subversion, subvert, surmount, thwart, upset