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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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
Recent Examples on the Web In the report dated Aug. 18, Marcum added a disclaimer. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Sep. 2021 The disclaimer should’ve stated that the materials were not authorized by Brancatelli or his campaign, Executive Director Philip Richter told The Plain Dealer and cleveland.com. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 11 Dec. 2021 The claim originated on a website that publishes satirical stories but was shared to social media without any sort of disclaimer. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, 7 Dec. 2021 Each group's website also includes a disclaimer that it was paid for by Never Nikki Haley LLC, Never Josh Hawley LLC and Never Tom Cotton LLC, respectively. Soo Rin Kim, ABC News, 7 Dec. 2021 Larsen includes a disclaimer on his mailers that notes selling a home for cash may not be the homeowner’s best option. Connor Sanders, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Nov. 2021 But authorities have gone after cases where the disclaimer was inadvertently omitted as well as social media posts where a person using material did not know it was required. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Nov. 2021 But the tool is not a substitute for an on-the-ground site assessment by a professional forester or fire personnel, according to the website’s disclaimer. oregonlive, 20 Nov. 2021 Grace followed up the video, which has since accumulated more than 2 million views, with a disclaimer in another TikTok post. Glenn Garner, PEOPLE.com, 15 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of disclaimer

1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of disclaimer was in 1623

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“Disclaimer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disclaimer. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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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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