Wordsmith.Org


A.Word.A.Day

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  


Home

Today's Word

Yesterday's Word

Archives

FAQ


This week's theme
Terms from law

This week's words
curtilage
vis major
barratry
res gestae
novation

This week's comments
AWADmail 381

Next week's theme
Miscellaneous words


A Word A Day
the book A Word A Day: A Romp Through Some of the Most Unusual and Intriguing Words in English "Delightful."
-The New York Times
Buy

Discuss
Feedback
RSS/XML

Bookmark and Share Facebook Twitter Digg MySpace Bookmark and Share
A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

novation

PRONUNCIATION:
(noh-VAY-shuhn)

MEANING:
noun: The replacing of an obligation, a contract, or a party to an agreement with a new one.

ETYMOLOGY:
From novare (to make new), from novus (new). Ultimately from the Indo-European root newo- (new) that is also the source of new, neo-, novice, novel, novelty, innovate, renovate, misoneism (fear of change), and novercal (stepmotherly).

USAGE:
"They are essentially contracts meant to be honoured subject only to agreed changes by novation."
S. Rajaratnam; Direct Taxes Code; The Hindu (Chennai, India); Aug 31, 2009.

See more usage examples of novation in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are. -J.K. Rowling, author (b. 1965)

A.Word.A.Day by email:

Subscribe

"The most welcomed, most enduring piece of daily mass e-mail in cyberspace."

The New York Times

Sponsored by:

Give the Gift of Words

Share the magic of words. Send a gift subscription of A.Word.A.Day.

Anu on Words:
Writer Magazine
Globe & Mail

Interact:

Bulletin board
Wordsmith Talk

Moderated Chat
Wordsmith Chat

Readers' Voice
AWADmail

Subscriber Services
Awards | Stats | Links | Privacy Policy
Contribute | Advertise

© 2014 Wordsmith