dis·claim·er | \-ˈklā-mər \

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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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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Our teacher, Amber Harrison of the Yoga Yurt, began class with a few disclaimers. Author: Christine Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, "Goat yoga comes to Alaska: part workout, part petting zoo, all fun," 25 June 2018 What lingered with me most, however, was a small disclaimer at the start of the gathering from Kristi Key, the school’s director of academics. Danny Heitman, WSJ, "The Case for the Do-Nothing Summer," 21 June 2018 Claure's new tweet used the same text but added a link to a disclaimer for investors. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Sprint says merger with “fiercest rival” will “create robust competition”," 31 May 2018 Ads also carry a disclaimer that TriMet doesn't endorse the content. Elliot Njus, OregonLive.com, "Christian activist group targets TriMet over OkCupid 'DTF' ads," 13 Feb. 2018 In other words, the verbal disclaimer has little to no effect. Neil Senturia, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Why don't we heed risk warnings?," 9 July 2018 However, per the opening disclaimer, no one dared to offer answers or solutions. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "At Death Cafe, New Orleanians discuss anything related to death. And there's cake.," 30 Apr. 2018 In the clip, the shows' sideman copied the cheeky disclaimer at the beginning of the original video where Drake and his team gave away the video's nearly $1 million budget, but with insanely smaller numbers, obviously. Wandera Hussein, Billboard, "Drake's 'God's Plan' Gets a Hilarious Low Budget Parody on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!': Watch," 23 Feb. 2018 First, an important disclaimer: Birth control, like any medication, should be taken as directed by the prescribing information and your doctor. Korin Miller, SELF, "Is There Any Reliable Way to Make Your Period Come Faster?," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of disclaimer

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

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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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 \

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

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evasion of direct action or statement

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