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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The transfer of a title, right, or claim to another.
  • transitive v. To renounce all claim to (a possession or right).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To relinquish, release, or transfer a title, claim, or interest to another.
  • n. A renunciation of claims.
  • n. A deed that is a renunciation of claims to a parcel of real property and a transfer of one's claims to another; a quitclaim deed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A release or relinquishment of a claim; a deed of release; an instrument by which some right, title, interest, or claim, which one person has, or is supposed to have, in or to an estate held by himself or another, is released or relinquished, the grantor generally covenanting only against persons who claim under himself.
  • transitive v. To release or relinquish a claim to; to release a claim to by deed, without covenants of warranty against adverse and paramount titles.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In law; A deed of release; an instrument by which some claim, right, or title to an estate is relinquished to another.
  • n. A conveyance without any covenant or warranty, expressed or implied.
  • To quit or give up claim to; relinquish; release; acquit, as of an obligation.
  • In law, to quit or abandon a claim or title to by deed; convey without covenants of warranty against adverse titles or claims: as, to quitclaim a certain parcel of ground.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. act of transferring a title or right or claim to another
  • n. document transferring title or right or claim to another


Middle English quitclaime, from Anglo-Norman quiteclame, from quiteclamer, to release : quite, free; see quite + clamer, to proclaim (from Latin clāmāre; see claim).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
quit +‎ claim (Wiktionary)



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