Meaning of estoppel

es•top•pel

Pronunciation: (e-stop'ul), [key]
— n. Law.
  1. 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, esp. where a representation has been relied or acted upon by others.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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