Del`e*ga"tion (?), n. [L. delegatio: cf. F. d'el'egation.]
The act of delegating, or investing with authority to act for another; the appointment of a delegate or delegates.
One or more persons appointed or chosen, and commissioned to represent others, as in a convention, in Congress, etc.; the collective body of delegates; as, the delegation from Massachusetts; a deputation.
A kind of novation by which a debtor, to be liberated from his creditor, gives him a third person, who becomes obliged in his stead to the creditor, or to the person appointed by him.
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