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 But a disclaimer on the website states that 50% of any donation will go toward the campaign's general election debt retirement and the other half toward the campaign's recount account, the Wall Street Journal first reported. Courtney Subramanian, USA TODAY, "Trump fundraiser emails for legal challenges would also pay down campaign debt, fine print says," 7 Nov. 2020 The company’s e-commerce website and order confirmations include a disclaimer explaining delays may occur due to shipping carrier bottlenecks. Katie Deighton, WSJ, "Retailers Navigate Customer Service in the Last Days of Holiday ‘Shipageddon’," 23 Dec. 2020 Hipgnosis, with a home page that opens with a securities disclaimer, aspires to turn music rights into plain old tradable assets, like stocks, bonds and commodities. Star Tribune, "Schafer: What's behind the big decision Bob Dylan just made," 18 Dec. 2020 Paul also inaccurately speculated online on Nov. 9 that many absentee ballots may have been cast on behalf of dead people even though there is no evidence that actually happened (Twitter slapped a cautionary disclaimer on that tweet too). Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Sen. Rand Paul falsely claims presidential election was 'stolen,' siding with Donald Trump," 16 Dec. 2020 Despite the titular disclaimer, this is a memoir, albeit an episodic one. Wendy Smith, Washington Post, "André Gregory’s ‘This Is Not My Memoir’ is a free-form monologue about his quest for meaning in life and art," 9 Dec. 2020 Not with a pointless disclaimer, but with an accompanying documentary, rounding out the stories told in the drama. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "The Crown’s Majestic Untruths," 5 Dec. 2020 Dowden's call for a disclaimer came after a similar suggestion by Earl Spencer, Diana's brother. Rob Picheta, CNN, "UK minister calls on Netflix to tell viewers 'The Crown' is fictional before each episode," 30 Nov. 2020 The disclaimer attached to your work also turns it into a conceptual tease, forcing us to confront the gap between subject and representation. Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, "How do you get people to stop believing the lies? Ask artist Alison Jackson," 23 Nov. 2020

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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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14 Jan 2021

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“Disclaimer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disclaimer. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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