re·​peal | \ri-ˈpēl \
repealed; repealing; repeals

Definition of repeal 

transitive verb

1 : to rescind or annul by authoritative act especially : to revoke or abrogate by legislative enactment

3 obsolete : to summon to return : recall

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Other Words from repeal

repeal noun
repealable \ri-​ˈpē-​lə-​bəl \ adjective

Examples of repeal in a Sentence

the company called the furniture store to repeal the order for six new desks in 1933, Congress passed the 21st Amendment which repealed the Prohibition Amendment of 1919, thus making the sale, distribution, and use of alcohol legal once again

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The mayor and seven of the council’s nine members later issued a joint statement justifying a reconsideration before the same seven voted to repeal the tax the next day. Lewis Kamb, The Seattle Times, "Lawsuit against Seattle over head-tax meetings moves forward, but repeal vote stands," 17 Nov. 2018 Walters, who was first elected in 2014, voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and in favor of the 2017 tax bill, which eliminated the federal income tax deduction for state and local taxes, a deduction used by many Californians. Emily Stewart, Vox, "The 2018 midterm races that still aren’t over," 14 Nov. 2018 Cut to: an organic, and personal, dig at King, who has repeatedly voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Can Anyone Unseat Long Island’s 26-Year Incumbent House Rep. Peter King? Liuba Grechen Shirley Thinks She’s Just the Mom for the Job," 1 Nov. 2018 Baer's chronically-ill mother, Nancy, was one of 74,000 people in her District who stood to lose their healthcare when her opponent Brian Mast voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Jill Filipovic, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your State-by-State Guide to Women Running in the Midterms," 31 Oct. 2018 The House voted Tuesday to repeal a 2.3% excise tax on medical devices, again showing bipartisan support for eliminating the levy. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "House Votes to Repeal Tax on Medical Devices," 24 July 2018 Faso voted to repeal Obamacare, but voted against the 2017 tax bill that eliminated unlimited sales and property tax exemptions that are a big deal in this high-tax state. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "New York House Races Headline June 26 State Primaries," 26 June 2018 The Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal rules over how Internet service providers, or ISPs, grant online access. Shelby Fleig, USA TODAY, "Net neutrality rules are repealed. Here's what could happen next.," 11 June 2018 In March of this year, Louisville Metro Council members voted to repeal the provision as part of a settlement with the two operators. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "A food truck park is opening in Louisville. Here's what that means," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of repeal

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for repeal

Middle English repelen, from Anglo-French repeler, literally, to call back, from re- + apeler to appeal, call

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English Language Learners Definition of repeal

: to officially make (a law) no longer valid


re·​peal | \ri-ˈpēl \
repealed; repealing

Kids Definition of repeal

: to do away with especially by legislative action The law was repealed.

re·​peal | \ri-ˈpēl \

Legal Definition of repeal 

: to rescind or annul by authoritative act especially : to revoke or abrogate by legislative enactment legislatures repealing statutes in light of a recent Supreme Court decision

Other Words from repeal

repeal noun

History and Etymology for repeal

Anglo-French repeler, from Old French, from re- back + apeler to appeal, call, from Latin appellare to address, entreat, call by name

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