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a provision in a contract that enables a party to terminate contractual obligations in specified circumstances.
a clause in a contract freeing one of the parties from his obligations in certain circumstances


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    [ih-skeyp] /ɪˈskeɪp/ verb (used without object), escaped, escaping. 1. to slip or get away, as from confinement or restraint; gain or regain liberty: to escape from jail. Synonyms: flee, abscond, decamp. 2. to slip away from pursuit or peril; avoid capture, punishment, or any threatened evil. 3. to issue from a confining enclosure, as a […]

  • Escapee

    [ih-skey-pee, es-key-] /ɪ skeɪˈpi, ˌɛs keɪ-/ noun 1. a person who , especially from a prison or other place of detention. /ɪˌskeɪˈpiː/ noun 1. a person who has escaped, esp an escaped prisoner n. 1865, American English, from escape (v.) + -ee.

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    noun, Psychology. 1. a means of avoiding an unpleasant life situation, as daydreaming. noun 1. (psychol) any emotional or mental mechanism that enables a person to avoid acknowledging unpleasant or threatening realities See also escapism

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