Defalcation

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English

Noun

Defalcation (plural Defalcations)
  1. (law) The act of cancelling part of a claim by deducting a smaller claim which the claimant owes to the defendant.
  2. embezzlement

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Etymology

Late 15th century, from Medieval Latin dēfalcātiōnem, accusative singular of dēfalcātiō (literally cutting off, lopping off with a sickle), nominalization of dēfalcō, from Latin  (off) + falx (sickle, scythe, pruning hook)[1], from which also English falcate (sickle-shaped).

Surface analysis is defalcate.

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References

  1. ^ Defalcation” in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001
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