frustration of purpose

Definition of "frustration of purpose"
  1. A situation in which unexpected events make it impossible to fulfill the terms of a contract, thus allowing the affected party to cancel the contract without facing penalties
How to use "frustration of purpose" in a sentence
  1. After the city declared the building unsafe, the frustration of purpose let the buyer cancel the purchase.
  2. Because of the unanticipated zoning changes, the land couldn't be developed and frustration of purpose allowed the developer to withdraw from the purchase contract.
  3. Due to an unforeseen ban on the product, the retailer cited frustration of purpose to rescind the contract with the supplier.

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