re·​peal | \ ri-ˈpēl How to pronounce repeal (audio) \
repealed; repealing; repeals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 How to pronounce repeal (audio) \ adjective

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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called the furniture store to repeal the order for six new desks in 1933, Congress passed the 21st Amendment which repealed the Prohibition Amendment of 1919, thus making the sale, distribution, and use of alcohol legal once again
Recent Examples on the Web Legislation to repeal the law has been in the works for around a year, and Arbery's mother and sister joined Kemp for the bill signing on Monday. Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, 10 May 2021 Some state lawmakers want to repeal North Carolina's body camera law. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 30 Apr. 2021 Unlock Michigan, a group trying to repeal a law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used to issue COVID-19 orders, has complained that the bureau took too long to canvass its signatures. David Eggert, Detroit Free Press, 27 Apr. 2021 Maryland is the first to repeal the law, replacing it with new procedures that give civilians a role in the police disciplinary process. Brian Witte, Star Tribune, 10 Apr. 2021 The Georgia House of Representatives voted unanimously on Monday to repeal a citizen's arrest law predating the Civil War, acting little more than a year after the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man pursued by armed White men. CBS News, 9 Mar. 2021 To extricate the states from this dilemma, members of Congress have introduced legislation to repeal the provision. Roxanne Bland, Forbes, 13 May 2021 And Maryland became the first state to repeal its police Bill of Rights, which is designed to protect officers from investigation or discipline. Time, 13 May 2021 But Trump was president in 2018, and much of the success Democrats enjoyed that year involved their efforts to push back against his agenda, including efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Dallas News, 10 May 2021

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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, borrowed from Anglo-French repeler, rapeler, reapeler "to call back, bring back, recover, rescind, deter," from re- re- + apeler, appeler to call, summon, call before a court" — more at appeal entry 2

Note: Both the form and meaning of the Anglo-French verb have been influenced to some degree by Latin repellere "to push away, fend off" (see repel).

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The first known use of repeal was in the 14th century

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5 Jun 2021

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“Repeal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of repeal

: to officially make (a law) no longer valid


re·​peal | \ ri-ˈpēl How to pronounce repeal (audio) \
repealed; repealing

Kids Definition of repeal

: to do away with especially by legislative action The law was repealed.
re·​peal | \ ri-ˈpēl How to pronounce repeal (audio) \

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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