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Discharge

To liberate or free; to terminate or extinguish. A discharge is the act or instrument by which a contract or agreement is ended. A mortgage is discharged if it has been carried out to the full extent originally contemplated or terminated prior to total execution.

Discharge also means to release, as from legal confinement in prison or the military service, or from some legal obligation such as jury duty, or the payment of debts by a person who is bankrupt. The document that indicates that an individual has been legally released from the military service is called a discharge.

The performance of a duty discharges it. An attorney may speak of discharging a legal obligation.

discharge

v. 1) to perform one's duties. 2) to dismiss someone from a job. 3) to pay one's debts or obligations. 4) in bankruptcy, to issue an order of the court that all debts (with certain statutory exceptions) are forgiven and need not be paid.

discharge

(Annulment), noun abolishment, abolition, abrogation, canceling, cancellation, cessation, defeasance, discontinuance, dissolution, invalidation, negation, recall, repeal, repudiation, rescission, retractation, reversal, revocation, voidance

discharge

(Dismissal), noun dimissio, displacement, ejection, elimination, eviction, expulsion, firing, ouster, ousting, removal, removal from employment, replacement, unseating
Associated concepts: cause for discharge, conditional dissharge, discharge from army, discharge from employment, discharge of employee, discriminatory discharge, improper discharge

discharge

(Liberation), noun absolution, acquittal, clearance, deliverance, disenthrallment, emancipation, exemption, exoneration, extrication, legal reeease from confinement, loosing, release, release from cussody, reprieve, salvation, setting free

discharge

(Payment), noun acquitment, acquittal, acquittance, amortization, amortizement, annulment of debt, clearance, compensation, defrayal, defrayment, full satisfaction, liquidation, paying off, recompense, refund, reimbursement, remittance, reparation, restitution, retirement of a debt, return, satisfaction, settlement, settlement on account

discharge

(Performance), noun accomplishment, achievement, attainment, carrying through, commission, completion, conclusion, consummation, culmination, effectuation, enforcement, execution, fruition, implementation, observance, perpetration, realization, termination
Associated concepts: discharge of duty, faithful discharge of official duties

discharge

(Release from obligation), noun abolition, abrogation, absolution, acquittal, cancellation, defeasance, deliverance, delivery, dismissal, dispensation, exception, exculpation, excuse, exemption, extrication, invalidation, loosing, nullification, pardon, repeal, reprieve, rescission, revocation, voidance

discharge

(Shot), noun blast, blasting, burst, coniectio, coniectus, crash, detonation, emissio, emmission, explosion, firing, firing a charge, flare, flash, fulguration, fulmination, fusillade, salvo, spray, volley

discharge

(Dismiss), verb cashier, cast, cast loose, depose, deprive of office, dimittere, disbar, discard, displace, drop, eject, exclude, expel, fire, get rid of, give notice, impeach, let go, let loose, missum facere, put on the retired list, release, relieve, remove, remove from office, replace, retire, shut out, strike off the roll, suspend, throw out, turn loose, turn out, unseat
Associated concepts: discharged for cause, lawfully dissharged, reinstatement

discharge

(Liberate), verb absolve, acquit, bail out, clear, deliver, emancipate, exculpate, excuse, exonerate, extricate, forgive, free, let go, let loose, let out, let out of prison, loose, pardon, parole, purge, release, relieve, renner free, set at liberty, set free, turn loose
Associated concepts: discharge from imprisonment, dissharge from prison

discharge

(Pay a debt), verb adjust, amortize, clear, hand over, honor, liquidate, make reparation, make restituuion, meet, pay in full, pay off, pay up, recompense, refund, repay, satisfy, satisfy in full, settle, settle accounts, square accounts, strike a balance, take up
Associated concepts: discharge from obligation

discharge

(Perform), verb accomplish, achieve, act on, adjust, administer, attain, bring about, bring to pass, carry into effect, carry into execution, carry out, carry through, complete, comply, concern oneself with, consummate, culminate, devote oneself to, dispose of, do, effect, effectuate, enforce, execute, fulfill, go about, go through with, implement, munus obire, proceed with, produce, realize, render, resolve, succeed, transact
Associated concepts: properly discharge one's responsibilities

discharge

(Release from obligation), verb abolish, absolve, annul, cancel, declare null and void, dismiss, dissolve, excuse, exempt, exonerate, forgive, invalidate, make void, nullify, quash, recall, relieve, relieve of responsibility, remove, render void, repeal, retract, reverse, revoke, set aside
Associated concepts: discharge of a debt
Foreign phrases: Eodem modo quo oritur, eodem modo dissolvitur.It is discharged in the same manner in which it was created.

discharge

(Shoot), verb blast, burst, deliver a charge, detonate, emit, expel, explode, fire, fire at, fulminate, launch, mittere, open fire, send forth
Associated concepts: discharge of a weapon
See also: absolution, absolve, accomplish, acquit, acquittal, act, action, amnesty, amortization, award, banishment, bear the expense, clear, collection, commission, commit, complete, composition, conclude, condonation, conduct, defeasance, defray, depose, disband, disburse, disclaim, disenthrall, dislodge, dispel, displace, disqualification, distribute, divest, egress, eject, emancipation, emit, excuse, execute, exemption, exonerate, exoneration, expel, expenditure, expulsion, extricate, exude, free, freedom, fulfill, immunity, implement, issuance, keep, layoff, liberate, liberation, liquidate, obey, observe, operate, outburst, outflow, outpour, output, palliate, pardon, parole, payment, perform, performance, perpetrate, precipitate, project, purge, quit, receipt, recovery, rejection, release, relief, remission, remit, removal, remove, remunerate, reprieve, respite, retire, retreat, satisfaction, send, settlement, supplant, suspend, transact, vindicate, waiver

discharge

1 in any obligation, the termination of that obligation without liability on either party. In the Scots law of contract, discharge maybe by performance or novation, compensation, confusion, acceptance payment or delegation.
2 in the law of NEGOTIABLE INSTRUMENTS a bill of exchange is discharged when all rights of action thereon are extinguished. It then ceases to be negotiable, and if it subsequently comes into the hands of a holder in due course he acquires no right of action on the instrument. A bill is discharged by payment in due course.

DISCHARGE, practice. The act by which a person in confinement, under some legal process, or held on an accusation of some crime or misdemeanor, is set at liberty; the writing containing the order for his being so set at liberty, is also called a discharge.
     2. The discharge of a defendant, in prison under a ca. sa., when made by the plaintiff, has the operation of satisfying the debt, the plaintiff having no other remedy. 4 T. R. 526. But when the discharge is in consequence of the insolvent laws, or the defendant dies in prison, the debt is not satisfied. In the first place the plaintiff has a remedy against the property of the defendant, acquired after his discharge, and, in the last case, against the executors or administrators of the debtor. Bac. Ab. Execution, D; Bingh. on Execution, 266.

References in classic literature ?
A few of the older and more cunning Hurons, who had not been deceived by the artifice which had been practiced to draw their fire, now made a close and deadly discharge of their pieces and justified the apprehensions of the scout by felling three of his foremost warriors.
At that instant the whoop was given, and a dozen Hurons fell by a discharge from Chingachgook and his band.
His secret died with him, though it is now known that the French Government managed to get access to him and offered him a billion francs for his invention wherewith he was able to direct and closely to confine electric discharges.
If any fund could have been selected and appropriated, equal to and not greater than the object, it would have been inadequate to the discharge of the existing debts of the particular States, and would have left them dependent on the Union for a provision for this purpose.
A few months subsequent to the event just related, the young Mexican settled his accounts with the Rocky Mountain Company, and obtained his discharge.
In short, I have the honor to ask your majesty for my discharge.
A second discharge laid five upon the icy sand; and as it was impossible to see whence this murderous thunder issued, the others fell back with a terror that can be better imagined than described.
WHILE a Division Superintendent of a railway was attending closely to his business of placing obstructions on the track and tampering with the switches he received word that the President of the road was about to discharge him for incompetency.
He was especially delighted because his discharge had been precipitated by the publication of his book, "Economics and Education.
And I know your mind's made up to discharge me at Attu-Attu.
What point in the heavens ought the cannon to be aimed at which is intended to discharge the projectile?
I may keep a prisoner when I am charged with him, but 'tis the law and the magistrate alone that can discharge that prisoner; therefore