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Black’s Law Dictionary 1st Edition, pages 880-881:

PAYMENT, The performance of a duty, promise, or obligation, or discharge of a debt or liability. by the delivery of money or other value. Also the money or thing so delivered.

By “payment” is meant not only the delivery of a sum of money, when such is the obligation of the contract, but the performance of that which the parties respectively undertook, whether it be to give or to do. Civil Code Cal. §  2131.

Performance of an obligation for the delivery of money only is called “payment.”  Civil Code Cal. § 1478

In pleading. When the defendant alleges that he has paid the debt or claim laid in declaration, this is called a “plea of payment.”

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