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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.

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At noon, to-day, ascended to an elevation of nearly 25,000 feet, by discharging ballast.
They had a friendly leisurely speculative way of discharging their duty, and if they perceived a victim's name written on the portmanteau they addressed him by it in a tone of old acquaintance.
The Admiral lifted the hairless arches over his eyes and exclaimed: "Well, I don't know where you got it, but the truth is I can't stand the fellow, though I've no excuse for discharging a family servant.
My dear friends," whines Grandfather Smallweed, putting out both his hands, "I owe you a thousand thanks for discharging the melancholy office of discovering the ashes of Mrs.
She was going silently to her desk when he said, in that distant tone which implied that he was discharging a disagreeable duty--
I ran forward, discharging my pistol into the creature's body in an effort to force it to relinquish its prey; but I might as profitably have shot at the sun.
Fully a score of the hunters were under the tree, discharging arrows into it.
Bertie did not see the bottle go off; but the mate opportunely discharging a stick of real dynamite aft where it would harm nobody, Bertie would have sworn in any admiralty court to a nigger blown to flinders.
The artillerymen, deserted by the cavalry, fled after discharging their pieces, and the Highlanders, who dropped their guns when fired, and drew their broadswords, rushed with headlong fury against the infantry.
In front a continuous stream of hansoms and four- wheelers were rattling up, discharging their cargoes of shirt- fronted men and beshawled, bediamonded women.
As to the meritorious part," he said, "he readily agreed with the captain; for where could be the merit of barely discharging a duty?
Then the constable related his case: his dialogue with the mercer about discharging me, and at last his servant's refusing to go with him, when he had charged him with him, and his master encouraging him to do so, and at last his striking the constable, and the like, all as I have told it already.