verb re·peal \ri-ˈpēl\

: to officially make (a law) no longer valid

Full Definition of REPEAL

transitive verb
:  to rescind or annul by authoritative act; especially :  to revoke or abrogate by legislative enactment
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in 1933, Congress passed the 21st Amendment which repealed the Prohibition Amendment of 1919, thus making the sale, distribution, and use of alcohol legal once again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

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verb re·peal \ri-ˈpēl\

Definition of REPEAL for Kids

:  to do away with especially by legislative action <The law was repealed.>


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