dis·​claim | \ dis-ˈklām How to pronounce disclaim (audio) \
disclaimed; disclaiming; disclaims

Definition of disclaim

intransitive verb

1 : to make a disclaimer
2a obsolete : to disavow all part or share
b : to utter denial

transitive verb

1 : to renounce a legal claim to
2 : deny, disavow disclaimed any knowledge of the contents of the letter

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Examples of disclaim in a Sentence

the prisoner disclaimed any part in the prank her spokesperson flatly disclaimed the marriage rumor circulating in the press
Recent Examples on the Web While it may have been intended to serve as a warning, Euphoria often feels more like an instructional tutorial or a roadmap, one that sensationalizes its subject matter while neglecting to fully disclaim its risks and hazards. Samuel Getachew, Vogue, 7 Jan. 2022 That way, if there is a retroactive reduction the trustee or beneficiaries can disclaim the gift down the reduce exemption level and avoid a tax. Martin Shenkman, Forbes, 23 June 2021 Background Players Scotty Bowers Though Murphy disclaims any interest in Bowers, Dylan McDermott’s Ernie runs a service station that doubles as an anything-goes bordello. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 1 May 2020 But it should be disclaimed that some quotes have their own journey; at times their origin gets historically murky and the provenance dubious. David G. Allan, CNN, 26 Mar. 2020 These were quite stunning recollections, given that the deputy director had previously disclaimed any knowledge about the source of the leak. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 15 Feb. 2020 When workers try to sue a brand owner for labor law violations by its franchisee, the larger company invariably disclaims any responsibility, arguing that the dispute is purely between the worker and the local business owner. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, 2 Mar. 2020 When Tom Harkin disclaimed a juror’s role at the Clinton trial, his purpose was not to affect the outcome of the case, but rather to underscore the full scope of the Senate’s decision-making responsibility. Steven Lubet, The Conversation, 16 Dec. 2019 Although Strzok would later disclaim participation in the Carter Page surveillance application, the texts show he was heavily involved — a fact the FBI and Justice Department attempted to conceal. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 23 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of disclaim

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for disclaim

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

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13 Jan 2022

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“Disclaim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disclaim. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of disclaim

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


dis·​claim | \ dis-ˈklām How to pronounce disclaim (audio) \
disclaimed; disclaiming

Kids Definition of disclaim

: to deny being part of or responsible for Everyone disclaimed any part in the prank.


intransitive verb
dis·​claim | \ dis-ˈklām How to pronounce disclaim (audio) \

Legal Definition of disclaim

: to make a disclaimer

transitive verb

1 : to reject or relinquish a claim to (as an interest in an estate)
2a : to deny or reject the right, validity, or authority of
b : to negate or limit the rights under (a warranty)

Other Words from disclaim

disclaimant \ -​ˈklā-​mənt \ noun

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