breakdown clause

A clause in a charter party, providing for a deduction from the hire of the vessel for delay and expense caused by accidents or eventualities named in such clause; such as deficiency of men or stores, fire, breaking down of hull, machinery, detention by accidents to cargo, etc., Dampskibs Aktieselskabet Jeannette Skinner v Munson Steamship Line (CA2 NY) 20 F2d 345; a term for a condition in the substituted automobile provision of an automobile liability policy, whereunder, in order for the provision to apply, it must appear that the vehicle described in the policy had been withdrawn from normal use because of its "breakdown". Anno: 34 ALR2d 949.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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