verb \ˌdis-ə-ˈva\

: to say that you are not responsible for (something) : to deny that you know about or are involved in (something)

Full Definition of DISAVOW

transitive verb
:  to deny responsibility for :  repudiate
:  to refuse to acknowledge or accept :  disclaim <party leaders disavowed him>
dis·avow·able \-ə-bəl\ adjective
dis·avow·al \-ˈva(-ə)l\ noun

Examples of DISAVOW

  1. He disavowed the actions of his subordinates.
  2. She now seems to be trying to disavow her earlier statements.

Origin of DISAVOW

Middle English desavowen, from Anglo-French desavouer, from des- dis- + avouer to avow
First Known Use: 14th century


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