repeal


re·peal

transitive verb \ri-ˈpēl\

: to officially make (a law) no longer valid

Full Definition of REPEAL

1
:  to rescind or annul by authoritative act; especially :  to revoke or abrogate by legislative enactment
3
obsolete :  to summon to return :  recall
repeal noun
re·peal·able \-ˈpē-lə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of REPEAL

  1. <the company called the furniture store to repeal the order for six new desks>
  2. <in 1933, Congress passed the 21st Amendment which repealed the Prohibition Amendment of 1919, thus making the sale, distribution, and use of alcohol legal once again>

Origin of REPEAL

Middle English repelen, from Anglo-French repeler, literally, to call back, from re- + apeler to appeal, call
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: repealer
Previous Word in the Dictionary: repay
All Words Near: repeal

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up repeal? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More