verb \ri-ˈsind\

: to end (a law, contract, agreement, etc.) officially : to say officially that (something) is no longer valid

Full Definition of RESCIND

transitive verb
:  to take away :  remove
a :  take back, cancel <refused to rescind the order>
b :  to abrogate (a contract) and restore the parties to the positions they would have occupied had there been no contract
:  to make void (as an act) by action of the enacting authority or a superior authority :  repeal
re·scind·er noun
re·scind·ment \-ˈsin(d)-mənt\ noun

Examples of RESCIND

  1. The navy rescinded its ban on women sailors.
  2. The company later rescinded its offer.
  3. 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

Origin of RESCIND

Latin rescindere to annul, from re- + scindere to cut — more at shed
First Known Use: 1579


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