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disclaim

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verb dis·claim \dis-ˈklām\

Simple Definition of disclaim

  • : to say that you do not have (something, such as knowledge, responsibility, etc.)

Full Definition of disclaim

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make a disclaimer

  3. 2 a obsolete :  to disavow all part or share b :  to utter denial

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to renounce a legal claim to

  6. 2 :  deny, disavow <disclaimed any knowledge of the contents of the letter>

Examples of disclaim

  1. <the prisoner disclaimed any part in the prank>

  2. <her spokesperson flatly disclaimed the marriage rumor circulating in the press>



Origin of disclaim

Middle English, from Anglo-French disclaimer, from dis- + claimer to claim


First Known Use: 15th century



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