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Legal Definition and Related Resources of Composition

Meaning of Composition

The elements or parts as a whole that make up a thing and their relation to each other . A literary, artistic or musical production and a general structure of arrangement or style of a work of art. A contract between a debtor and his creditors by which the debtor obtains a settlement of claims against him by paying an agreed sum into court for distribution to such creditors by order of court. In Re Goldberg (D. C.N.Y.)97 F. Supp. 75. under bankruptcy Act, a proceeding wherein a debtor settles indebtedness in agreed amount which is less than the amount owed. In Re Mahalev (D.C.Cal.) 187 F. Supp. 229.

Composition Alternative Definition

An agreement, made upon a sufficient consideration, between a debtor and creditor, by which the creditor accepts part of the debt due to him in satisfaction of the whole. Generally applied to agreements between a debtor and several or all of his creditors. In Ancient Law, Compensation for crime; weregild.

Financial Definition of Composition

Voluntary arrangement to restructure a firm’s debt, under which payment is reduced.

Synonyms of Composition

(Agreement in bankruptcy), noun

  • agreement
  • arrangement
  • clearance
  • compact
  • compromise agreement
  • contract
  • discharge
  • liquidation
  • mutual agreement
  • mutual concession
  • payment in lieu
  • reciprocal concession
  • release
  • settlement
  • settlement by mutual agreement
  • settlement on account
  • Associated Concepts: composition agreement
  • composition in bankruptcy
  • contract of composition
  • reorganization

(Makeup), noun

  • arrangement
  • array
  • combination
  • compilation
  • compositio
  • compounding
  • comprisal
  • concoction
  • conformation
  • constitution
  • construction
  • contents
  • creation
  • design
  • efformation
  • embodiment
  • establishment
  • fabrication
  • formation
  • formulation
  • inclusion
  • manufacture
  • nature
  • organization
  • preparation
  • production
  • structure
  • synthesis
  • union

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Composition in Historical Law

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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English Legal System: Composition

In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Composition :

An agreement between a debtor and his creditors discharging the debts in exchange for payment of a proportion of what is due. The debtor may have to register the agreement as a *deed of arrangement.

See also scheme of arrangement; voluntary arrangement.


Hierarchical Display of Composition

Business And Competition > Business organisation > Business activity > Suspension of payments

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