de·feat vt [Anglo-French defait, past participle of defaire to undo, defeat, from Old French deffaire desfaire, from de -, prefix marking reversal of action + faire to do]1 a: to render nullthird parties will defeat an attached but “unperfected” security interest — J. J. White and R. S. Summersb: to prevent or undo the effectiveness or establishment ofdefeat jurisdictiondefendant took stand and defeat ed intoxication defense — National Law Journal2 a: to prevail overb: to thwart the claim ofdefeat creditorsan intent to defeat the surviving spouse of his...elective share — Tennessee Code Annotateddefeat n
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
beating, breakdown, collapse, confutation, default, destruction, disappointment, downfall, failure, invalidation, loss, nonfulfillment, overthrow, refutation, repulsa, ruin, ruination, setback, thwarting, undoing, vanquishment
associated concepts: defeat a cause of action, defeat the purpose, defeat the rights, defeated candidate, defeated party
beat, block, checkmate, confound, conquer, contravene, crush, demolish, drub, foil, frustrate, gain control over, halt, master, outwit, overcome, overmaster, overpower, overthrow, overwhelm, prevail over, put down, quell, refute, rout, smash, squelch, subdue, subjugate, superare, suppress, surmount, thwart, triumph over, trounce, upset, vanquish, vincere, victimize
associated concepts: defeat a cause of action, defeat a will, defeat or impair jurisdiction, defeat the purpose, defeat the rights
abate (extinguish), abatement (extinguishment), answer (reply), avoid (cancel), balk, circumvent, contravene, controvert, counteract, debacle, failure (lack of success), foil, frustrate, frustration, halt, miscarriage, negate, nonsuit, obliterate, overcome (surmount), override, overthrow, overturn, overwhelm, preclude, prevent, prostration, rebuff, refute, rejection, repulse, subdue, subject, subjugate, subversion, subvert, surmount, thwart, upset
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006