1 a :
the act of frustrating b :
the state or an instance of being frustrated c :
something that frustrates 2 :
a common-law doctrine of contract law: parties to a contract may be excused from performance even though performance is still possible if the reason for making the contract is partially or completely frustrated by a fortuitous event or by circumstances which are not the fault of either party called also frustration of purpose frustration of the venture
, force majeure clause
, impracticability NOTE: In order for frustration to be used as a successful defense to a breach of contract claim, the reason for making the contract must have been contemplated or recognized by both the contracting parties even though it was not expressed in the contract.