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[e-stop-uh l] /ɛˈstɒp əl/

noun, Law.
a bar or impediment preventing a party from asserting a fact or a claim inconsistent with a position that party previously took, either by conduct or words, especially where a representation has been relied or acted upon by others.
(law) a rule of evidence whereby a person is precluded from denying the truth of a statement of facts he has previously asserted See also conclusion

1530s, from Old French estopail, literally “bung, cork,” from estoper (see estop).


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