Definition of general discharge in US English:

general discharge


  • 1A comprehensive discharge from an obligation or liability, especially from a debt; (now) specifically (chiefly US) the comprehensive discharge of a person from bankrupt status.

  • 2US Military. A discharge from military service with a record which is satisfactory, but not sufficiently meritorious to warrant an honourable discharge.


Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Cooper (c1517–1594), theologian and bishop of Winchester. From general + discharge.