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repealed; repealing; repeals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called the furniture store to repeal the order for six new desks in 1933, Congress passed the 21st Amendment which repealed the Prohibition Amendment of 1919, thus making the sale, distribution, and use of alcohol legal once again

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Instead, they were lobbied on repealing the Magnitsky Act, a 2012 law that imposed new sanctions on prominent Russians, according to The Washington Post. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "The Senate Judiciary Committee Released 2,500 Pages of Documents About a Trump Tower Meeting," 16 May 2018 The measure will seek to repeal the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act, a law passed in 1995 that places restrictions on local rent controls. The Economist, "Faced with a housing crisis, California could further restrict supply," 10 May 2018 Later, the committee's chairman, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, held up hearings for Combs because of a dispute during President Trump's attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Hanna Krueger,, "Bubbles the Camel is home after a stroll through Livingston Parish: report," 4 Apr. 2018 Back in 2005, lobbyists for BP, which has a refinery at Cherry Point in Whatcom County, supported a push by the late Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, to repeal the Magnuson amendment. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Canada acquires key pipeline link to Washington refineries," 11 June 2018 With official counting set to begin following Friday's referendum, Ireland may soon lift its decades-old ban on abortions as exit polls suggest the country is overwhelmingly in favor of repealing the eighth amendment to its constitution. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Abortion referendum in Ireland likely to result in repeal of ban, exit polls suggest," 26 May 2018 On Friday, voters in Ireland took to the polling stations to cast their ballots on whether the country should repeal the eighth amendment of its constitution, which effectively bans abortions. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Twitter Reacts to Ireland's Historic Abortion Vote," 26 May 2018 In January of 2018, Prime Minister Varadkar vowed to hold a referendum in May on repealing the 8th Amendment — and followed through on that promise. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Ireland votes to repeal abortion ban in historic referendum," 26 May 2018 Her father also spoke out in favor of repealing the Eighth Amendment. Sam Escobar, Allure, "Ireland’s Vote to End Its Abortion Ban Is a Historic Victory for Reproductive Rights," 26 May 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

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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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

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