Acceptilation

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Acceptilation (Civil Law) Gratuitous discharge; a release from debt or obligation without payment; free remission.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n acceptilation In civil and Scots law, the verbal extinction of a verbal contract, with a declaration that the debt has been paid when it has not, or the acceptance of something merely imaginary in satisfaction of a verbal contract. Wharton.
    • n acceptilation In theology, the free forgiveness of sins by God, for Christ's sake. The word (acceptilatio) was used by Duns Scotus, in whose writings it first appears as a theological term, to signify the doctrine that God accepts the sufferings of Christ as a satisfaction to justice, though in strictness they are not so, as opposed to the notion that Christ's sufferings were infinite, and therefore a full and actual satisfaction for the sins of mankind.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Acceptilation ak-sept-il-ā′shun (Roman and Scots law) the remission of a debt through an acquittance by the creditor testifying to the receipt of money which never has been paid—a kind of legal fiction for a free remission:
    • n Acceptilation ak-sept-il-ā′shun (theol.) the doctrine that the satisfaction rendered by Christ was not in itself really a true or full equivalent, but was merely accepted by God, through his gracious good-will, as sufficient—laid down by Duns Scotus, and maintained by the Arminians.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. acceptilatio, entry of a debt collected, acquittance, fr. p. p. of accipere,cf. Accept) + latio, a carrying, fr. latus, p. p. of ferre, to carry: cf. F. acceptilation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. acceptilatio.