Definition - Transitive Verb 1 a :
to relieve or free from obligation, liability, or responsibility <the debtor is released
from all dischargeable debts> b :
to give up (a claim, title, or right) to the benefit of another person :
See also surrender 2 :
to set free from confinement <was released
on personal recognizance> Definition - Noun 1 a :
discharge from an obligation or responsibility that bars a cause of action <did not effect a ~ of the school for any negligence> b :
the giving up or renunciation of a right or claim that bars a cause of action <was a ~ of the remainder of the debt>
A release may in some situations require consideration in order to be valid. A release of one joint obligor sometimes is considered to release all the obligors. 2 :
an act or instrument that effects a release <signed a ~ issued by the insurer>
compare hold harmless 3 :
the act or instance of freeing esp. from custody
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