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Potentially subject to defeat, termination, or Annulment upon the occurrence of a future action or event, or the performance of a condition subsequent.The most common legal application of the term is with respect to estates as interest in land, such as in the case of a conveyance or a life estate, which is defeasible upon the happening of a certain specified event, for example, the death of the person holding such an interest.


adjective confutable, dismissible, dissoluble, functus officio, refutable, revocable, subject to being abrogated, subject to being annulled, subject to being cancelled, subject to being divested, subject to being invalidated, subject to being repealed, subject to being retracted, subject to being revoked, subject to being taken away, subject to being withdrawn, terminable, voidable
Associated concepts: defeasible deed, defeasible estate, deeeasible fee, defeasible interest, defeasible remainder, deeeasible title, determinable fee



DEFEASIBLE. What may be undone or annulled.

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He shows that the belief in the identity of matter is not a defeasibly justifying belief.
The former doesn't have a moral nature because, while it can have various moral imports (good-making, bad-making, indifferent) in various contexts, it has none of them defeasibly.
First, it seems to fail to appreciate the full effect of a defeasibly structured accommodation of plural values.
However, as I noted earlier, contemporary moral foundationalists defend weak moral foundationalism, according to which foundational moral beliefs are only defeasibly justified.
14) Haack acknowledges that there are many versions of foundationalism, including weak foundationalism which holds that basic beliefs are justified merely prima facie but defeasibly, to some degree but not completely, by something other than a belief" (p.
in the "nature" of fish eggs to develop into fish or whether "it is of the essence of lying that it is defeasibly wrong-making," or whether "the Good is, necessarily, defeasibly such as to be pursued" (2006a, 317) does not depend on facts about fish eggs or lying or the Good.
On Evans's view, the judgments I make about how things appear to me--just like my judgments about how the world is--are based upon my perceptual experience: To say how things now appear to me is to say how I would judge the world to be if I were to judge purely on the basis of my current experience, that is, in such a way that the judgment would be prima facie, though defeasibly, justified by that very experience.
There is also the possibility that the condition is supposed to be defeasibly necessary or defeasibly sufficient, such that having human rights goes with being human, barring special circumstances.
Just as there are basic empirical beliefs--noninferential beliefs that are immediately, if defeasibly, justified on the basis of experience, there are noninferential beliefs that are immediately, if defeasibly, justified on the basis of rational insight.