One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The passing of time, in particular when leading to the expiration of an agreement or contract.
- ‘I reject the submission that the right to apply lapsed through effluxion of time.’
- ‘This is not the sort of evidence that will suffer by way of effluxion of time.’
- ‘With the effluxion of 42 years, it has been difficult to contact many of the creditors with death, bankruptcies and relocations intervening.’
- ‘Despite the effluxion of almost two years, the arbitration has not yet really got off the starting line.’
- ‘It follows that on August 17, 1979, the plaintiff's action was not barred by the effluxion of time.’
2archaic The action of flowing out.
- ‘Hence, the effluxion is prevented and it helps to increase the pressure of the incompressible hydraulic fluid.’
- ‘This showed that George had died at 1.30 PM on October 4 from ‘effluxion of blood into the left side of the chest.’’
Early 17th century: from French, or from late Latin effluxio(n-), from effluere ‘flow out’.
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