(law) The act of cancelling part of a claim by deducting a smaller claim which the claimant owes to the defendant.
Other Word Forms of Defalcation
Origin of Defalcation
Late 15th century, from Medieval Latin dēfalcātiōnem, accusative singular of dēfalcātiō (literally “cutting off, lopping off with a sickle”), nominalization of dēfalcō, from Latin dē (“off”) + falx (“sickle, scythe, pruning hook”), from which also English falcate (“sickle-shaped”).
Surface analysis is defalcate + -tion (“the act of”).
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