dis·​claim·​er | \ dis-ˈklā-mər How to pronounce disclaimer (audio) \

Definition of disclaimer

1a : a denial or disavowal of legal claim : relinquishment of or formal refusal to accept an interest or estate
b : a writing that embodies a legal disclaimer

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Synonyms for disclaimer


quitclaim, release, waiver

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Examples of disclaimer in a Sentence

The documentary opens with a disclaimer that many of its scenes are “fictional re-creations” of real events. one brother filed a disclaimer, allowing all of the estate to go to his poorer siblings

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That disclaimer, though, wasn't enough to keep voices from around the Internet from criticizing Milano's choice. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Alyssa Milano defends attending fundraiser for presidential hopeful Marianne Williamson," 17 July 2019 More Film Reviews His first stop is a gun shop, where a clerk’s earnest warnings about the perils of owning firearms sound like those medical disclaimers in TV commercials. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘The Art of Self-Defense’ Review: Violence Among Men," 11 July 2019 That may well be, but Facebook’s promise comes with an important disclaimer. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "How Facebook's Libra Will Turbo-Charge Its Ad Empire," 18 June 2019 DeMoss said the video excluded a disclaimer that multiple sources informed his speech. USA TODAY, "Pride pickup, sphinx on move, Tony Stark’s cabin: News from around our 50 states," 13 June 2019 DeMoss said the video excluded a disclaimer that multiple sources informed his speech. Fox News, "Principal accused of copying Kutcher speech is suspended," 12 June 2019 The app alerts patients with a pop-up disclaimer that buying products is a recommendation only. Melanie Evans, WSJ, "Amazon Makes Inroads Selling Medical Supplies to the Sick," 29 Nov. 2018 With that said, the admits an undeniable logic to Marie—with a disclaimer. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Why These Designers Say You Should Embrace Clutter," 13 May 2019 More problematic are the gaps: mysteries unsolved, re-creations that collapse under the weight of a disclaimer. New York Times, "Can You Illustrate Emotional Absence? These Graphic Novels Do," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of disclaimer

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

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English Language Learners Definition of disclaimer

: a statement that is meant to prevent an incorrect understanding of something (such as a book, a movie, or an advertisement)


dis·​claim·​er | \ dis-ˈklā-mər How to pronounce disclaimer (audio) \

Legal Definition of disclaimer

1 : a refusal or disavowal of something that one has a right to claim specifically : a relinquishment or formal refusal to accept an interest or estate — see also qualified disclaimer
2 : a denial of responsibility for a thing or act: as
a : a negation or limitation of the rights under a warranty given by a seller to a buyer
b : a denial of coverage by an insurance company
3 : a writing that embodies a disclaimer

History and Etymology for disclaimer

Anglo-French desclamer, from desclamer to disavow, deny, from Old French des-, prefix marking reversal + clamer to claim — see claim

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