disclaim

verb

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

intransitive verb

1
: to make a disclaimer
2
a
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

Example Sentences

the prisoner disclaimed any part in the prank her spokesperson flatly disclaimed the marriage rumor circulating in the press
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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of disclaim was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Disclaim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disclaim. Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

disclaim

verb
dis·​claim dis-ˈklām How to pronounce disclaim (audio)
: to deny being a part of or responsible for : disown
the student disclaimed any part in the prank

Legal Definition

disclaim

intransitive verb
dis·​claim dis-ˈklām How to pronounce disclaim (audio)
: to make a disclaimer

transitive verb

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

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