Origin: ME & Anglo-Fr defesaunce < OFr defesance < defesant, prp. of defaire, desfaire: see defeat
See defeasance in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English defesaunce
Origin: , from Anglo-Norman
Origin: , from Old French defesance
Origin: , from defesant
Origin: , present participle of desfaire, to destroy; see defeat.
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