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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At this point, the network decided to release the sketch with various disclaimers preceding it both on TV and online (so that viewers would understand that the sketch was written some time ago and not based on any of the current shootings). Jay Martel, The New Yorker, "Always Too Soon: Writing Sketch Comedy in the Trump Era," 19 Aug. 2019 Since all of this is so unnerving, a disclaimer first: BIA-ALCL is a rare, slow-growing cancer that will never impact most people with breast implants. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "These Breast Implants Have Been Recalled Because of Their Link to a Rare Cancer," 13 Aug. 2019 That's because the original retail packaging for Warhawk included a pretty clear disclaimer: SCEA reserves the right to retire the online portion of this game with 90 days notice [emphasis added]. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Sony keeping Warhawk, other PS3 game servers live through January [Updated]," 2 Nov. 2018 Although Diagnosis begins with a disclaimer that what follows should not be taken as medical advice, every episode contains clear lessons patients could apply to their own lives. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Reality TV Meets Crowdsourced Medicine in Netflix's Diagnosis," 16 Aug. 2019 On Monday, a spokesperson for the company confirmed to CNN Business that Trump's tweets would not be labeled with a disclaimer. Donie O'sullivan, CNN, "Twitter says Trump's racist tweets don't break its rules," 15 July 2019 That’s your take-this-with-a-grain-of-salt disclaimer. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Nick Senzel's Possible Promotion Lands Him on the Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire," 14 Apr. 2018 In fact, there's a disclaimer right there on the sign. Steve Hartman, CBS News, "They call themselves Old Coots and they have some advice for you," 26 July 2019 Opinions, analysis, guesses, random disclaimers — that’s possible along the way. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde: Embrace the pain? #TrustTheTank? Rules to survive this Dolphins season | Commentary," 23 July 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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