Simple Definition of rescind
: to end (a law, contract, agreement, etc.) officially : to say officially that (something) is no longer valid
Full Definition of rescind
1 : to take away : remove
Examples of rescind in a sentence
But Maria convinced Leverich that she had the authority to rescind the executor's decision to appoint him as biographer. —John Lahr, New Yorker, 19 Dec. 1994
The Navy barred its personnel from his church, but he challenged the decree in federal court as a constitutional violation of freedom of religion. Eventually, the Navy rescinded its ban. —Randall Samborn, National Law Journal, 14 Jan. 1991
The enemies these efforts made for him concocted charges of disloyalty, and following a hearing before the Atomic Energy Commission in 1954, Oppenheimer's security clearance was rescinded. —Kai Bird et al., Smithsonian, Aug. 2005
The navy rescinded its ban on women sailors.
The company later rescinded its offer.
Did You Know?
Rescind and the lesser-known words exscind and prescind all come from the Latin verb scindere, which means "to cut" or "to split." Rescind was adapted from its Latin predecessor rescindere in the second half of the 16th century, and prescind (from praescindere) and exscind (from exscindere) followed in the mid-17th century. Exscind means "to cut off" or "to excise," and prescind means "to withdraw one's attention," but neither appears frequently in contemporary English. Of the three borrowings, only rescind established itself as a common English term. You might hear of someone rescinding a contract or an offer, or of a legislative body rescinding a law.
Origin of rescind
Latin rescindere to annul, from re- + scindere to cut — more at shed
First Known Use: 1579
Legal Definition of rescind
1 : to take back and make void <rescinded its suspension of his license>
2 : to abrogate (a contract or transaction) by mutual agreement, judicial decree, or unilateral declaration because of fraud, mistake, duress, misrepresentation, illegality, a breach, or another sufficient ground with both parties restored to their positions before the contract was made — compare cancel, terminate
3 : to make void by the same or by a superior authority <rescind a regulation>
: to rescind something (as a contract)
Origin of rescind
Latin rescindere to cut loose, annul, from re- away, back + scindere to cut, split
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