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 previous seasons, such disclaimers were unnecessary. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Dodgers could use Kenley Jansen in something other than traditional closer role," 5 Oct. 2019 So too are disclaimers like the one that began Chappelle’s bit on Jackson. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The “Cancel Culture” Con," 23 Sep. 2019 The disclaimer is four of those points were from goalie howlers. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, "Hanas takes Goal of the Year in Game 1, sparks the Winterhawks to 6-1 romp," 22 Sep. 2019 Based on last month's stock market volatility, that's a necessary disclaimer. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Everyone's watching Mario Draghi and the European Central Bank," 12 Sep. 2019 Also look for voluntary disclaimers about potential cross-contact in a facility that produces multiple types of food. Becky Krystal, Houston Chronicle, "When it comes to food allergies, how to help your kids snack smarter," 10 Sep. 2019 AncestryDNA provides a disclaimer that its kits pick up blood cells, so transplant recipients could get inaccurate results and should not rely on this type of genealogy testing. Kate Thayer, chicagotribune.com, "Cancer survivor meets donors of umbilical cord blood that saved her life — after AncestryDNA says they’re related," 8 Sep. 2019 An online petition established in support of Mr. Ito put a disclaimer at the top that it had been set up before news of the emails circulated. Marc Tracy, New York Times, "Director of M.I.T.’s Media Lab Resigns After Taking Money From Jeffrey Epstein," 7 Sep. 2019 Also look for voluntary disclaimers about potential cross-contact in a facility that produces multiple types of food. Becky Krystal, BostonGlobe.com, "Tips for packing school lunches and snacks in the era of food allergies," 2 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of disclaimer

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

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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of disclaimer was in the 15th century

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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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