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An increase in the length of time specified in a contract.

A part constituting an addition or enlargement, as in an annex to a building or an extension to a house. Addition to existing facilities.

An allowance of additional time for the payment of debts. An agreement between a debtor and his or her creditors, by which they allow the debtor further time for the payment of liabilities. A creditor's indulgence by giving a debtor further time to pay an existing debt.

The word extension, when used in its proper and usual sense in connection with a lease, means a prolongation of the previous leasehold estate. The distinction between extension and renewal of lease is chiefly that, in the case of renewal, a new lease is requisite, while, in the case of extension, the same lease continues in force during an additional period upon performance of a stipulated act. An option for renewal implies giving a new lease on the same terms as those of an old lease, while an option for extension contemplates a Continuance of an old lease for a further period.

Request for additional time to file an income tax return beyond the due date.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


n. granting of a specific amount of extra time to make a payment, file a legal document after the date due, or continue a lease after the original expiration of the term.

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EXTENSION, comm. law. This term is applied among merchants to signify an agreement made between a debtor and his creditors, by which the latter, in order to enable the former, embarrassed in his circumstances, to retrieve his standing, agree to wait for a definite length of time after their several claims should become due and payable, before they will demand payment.
     2. Among the French, a similar agreement is known by the name of atermoiement. Merl. Rep. mot Atermoiement.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"Users should not give in to temptation to use standard domestic extension leads to charge their vehicles outside -- and never daisy-chain them together."
"I'd urge residents to ensure that they always uncoil the extension lead fully, and to purchase extension leads which are the right length for the purpose intended.
The charity Electrical Safety First say you should never plug extension leads into other leads.
It is believed the blaze started due to an electrical fault in an extension lead.
My husband had a fall in Clayton Square when a lady with a dog on an extension lead let her dog roam ahead of her.
An extension lead running from the socket, used to power a cordless phone, appeared to have been cut when the boiler was moved, exposing the live wires to the metal unit.
The growing system, which included lights on timers, fans and carbon filters was being powered through an extension lead from the kitchen, said Mr Grieves-Smith.
It comes with lots of well-thought-out extras, including small Velcro straps, a clamp and an extension lead for when you want to detach the head from the base, a headband so you can use it like a miner's lamp, a storage pouch and an attachment to diffuse the light.
Then between midnight and 6am on Sunday thieves broke into a van parked in Ariel Street and stole three Makita drills, an AEG drill and an extension lead.
And the same month he claimed pounds 75 to have an extension lead fitted and for a new handset so he could watch Sky in his bedroom.