Definition of estoppel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈstɒp(ə)l/


[mass noun] Law
The principle which precludes a person from asserting something contrary to what is implied by a previous action or statement of that person or by a previous pertinent judicial determination: the case had been one of estoppel [count noun]: that fact is not sufficient to raise an estoppel
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  • Historically, both these forms of estoppel are common law developments.
  • I think that it is unhelpful to introduce private law concepts of estoppel into planning law.
  • In my judgment there is no estoppel operating against the plaintiff.


Mid 16th century: from Old French estouppail 'bung', from estopper (see estop).

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