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In civil and criminal legal proceedings, vacate means to set aside or annul a previous judgment or order

Vacate is also used in property law to indicate the surrender or leaving of the premises

For examples of its usage, refer to Sears v. Upton (pertaining to a judgment) and Thorpe v. Housing Authority of Durham (pertaining to leaving the premises).

See also:

  • Verdict
  • Eviction
  • Real property

[Last updated in July of 2024 by the Wex Definitions Team]