To mar or destroy the face (that is, the physical appearance of written or inscribed characters as expressive of a definite meaning) of a written instrument, signature, inscription, etc., by obliteration, erasure, cancellation, or superinscription, so as to render it illegible or unrecognizable. To mar, injure or spoil. State v. Kasnett, 30 Ohio App.2d 77, 283 N.E.2d 636, 638.
Also used in respect of injury to monument, buildings and other structures.
See cancel
- mar

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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