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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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 Plus, there would be that litany of baleful side-effect disclaimers. Steve Salerno, WSJ, "In the War on Cancer, Truth Becomes a Casualty," 20 Apr. 2018 Zuckerberg has thrown his support behind the Honest Ads Act, a bipartisan proposal that would require online political ads to adhere to the same disclosure and disclaimer rules as for political ads in print and on TV. David Pierson, latimes.com, "Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to apologize for his company's mistakes during his Washington testimony," 9 Apr. 2018 The video is still available to view on the net, however, but YouTube has put a cautionary disclaimer upon clicking the video. Wandera Hussein, Billboard, "Youtube Suspends All Ads From Logan Paul's Youtube Channel Due to 'Recent Pattern of Behavior'," 9 Feb. 2018 YouTube's latest strategy to fight the spread of misinformation involves putting a disclaimer on videos from certain news sources. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "YouTube will put disclaimers on state-funded broadcasts to fight propaganda," 2 Feb. 2018 With that disclaimer in mind, here’s a chronological timeline summarizing the key events in the horrifying true saga behind Dirty John. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Complete Timeline of the Events of Dirty John," 14 Jan. 2019

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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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to take the place or position of

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