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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.
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, 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.