Simple Definition of disavow
: to say that you are not responsible for (something) : to deny that you know about or are involved in (something)
Examples of disavow
He disavowed the actions of his subordinates.
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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