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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Synonyms & Antonyms for disclaim


deny, disavow, disown, repudiate


acknowledge, avow, claim, own, recognize

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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

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Bloomberg and its Suppliers, agents, directors, officers, employees, representatives, successors, and assigns disclaim any responsibility and assume no liability for any Submissions submitted by you or any third party. Bloomberg, "Terms of Service," 8 July 2018 This approach is aimed at letting Trump have his nativist cake and eat it, too, while disclaiming responsibility for kids in cages, alone or with their parents. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Ends Family Separations By Ordering Family Detentions," 20 June 2018 Those responsible for the sale of data and guns both disclaim responsibility for the dangerous uses to which these goods are put, though both are profitable precisely because of those dangerous activities. Priya Satia, The New Republic, "What Mass Shootings and Big Data Have in Common," 10 May 2018 That notably included the candidate in that Pennsylvania race, in its 18th District, where the GOP ran so many anti-Pelosi ads: Conor Lamb ran his own anti-Pelosi ad, disclaiming any support for her in future leadership contests. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Could Nancy Pelosi Lose Her Leadership Position After the Midterms?," 24 Apr. 2018 Sunset Publishing Corporation disclaims any liability for links (1) from another web site to this Web Site and (2) to another web site from this Web Site. Sunset, "Terms and Conditions of Use," 22 Jan. 2018 There's a reason that the Parkland kids are politely yet firmly disclaiming the column this morning: For them, this is not a productive fight. Jay Willis, GQ, "What Justice Stevens' Op-Ed Gets Wrong About the Second Amendment," 27 Mar. 2018 As such, Silver decides that Lundin has disclaimed a demand for a jury trial on all but the issue of punitive damages. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Judge Rules Reality Star's Contract Doesn't Bar Defamation Suit Against Discovery," 9 Mar. 2018 That’s why Republicans from Representative Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.) to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) have disclaimed any such connection, and have stood up for the continuation of the probe without interference. Ben Shapiro, National Review, "Was the FBI Out to Get Trump?," 6 Feb. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of disclaim

formal : 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.
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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one that collects or salvages junk

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