repeal

verb
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repealed; repealing; repeals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 repealable (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for repeal

Synonyms

abandon, abort, call, call off, cancel, cry off, drop, recall, rescind, revoke, scrap, scrub

Antonyms

continue, keep

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called the furniture store to repeal the order for six new desks in 1933, Congress passed the 21st Amendment which repealed the Prohibition Amendment of 1919, thus making the sale, distribution, and use of alcohol legal once again

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The central lesson of both Obamacare and the efforts to repeal it is that getting 60 votes for health care reform is almost impossible. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The 3 decisions that will shape Medicare-for-all," 17 Dec. 2018 The latest administration action could disrupt the Affordable Care Act, the health care law that has withstood President Donald Trump’s efforts to completely repeal it. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump administration takes another swipe at ‘Obamacare’," 8 July 2018 From the initial proposal to the Trump administration’s plan to repeal it. Lisa Friedman, New York Times, "E.P.A. Drafts Rule on Coal Plants to Replace Clean Power Plan," 5 July 2018 Since it was imposed by executive order, future presidents would be free to repeal it on their own authority. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Supreme Court Upholds Presidential Bigotry," 26 June 2018 Under pressure from a public backlash fueled by the beverage industry’s multimillion-dollar campaign against the tax, the board voted last October to repeal it. Gregory Pratt, chicagotribune.com, "Preckwinkle: Cook County facing 'difficult and challenging' $82 million budget shortfall," 19 June 2018 The Legal Aid Society, a public defender group, said the ruling underscored the need for state lawmakers to repeal the law known as 50-A, which currently prevents the release of certain information about officers, such as discipline records. Michael R. Sisak, The Seattle Times, "NY court: Public allowed to see police body camera footage," 19 Feb. 2019 Democrats’ win in the House means Republicans won’t be able to take another shot at repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act, which extended health insurance coverage to millions of Americans. Marley Jay, The Seattle Times, "Stocks gain after midterms as tech, health care, energy rise," 7 Nov. 2018 Now a conservative talk radio host, DeMaio is coordinating the effort to amend the constitution to repeal the tax and fee increases. Joshua Stewart, sandiegouniontribune.com, "GOP hopes to use gas tax repeal, sanctuary state controversy to boost conservative voter turnout," 5 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

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repeal

verb

English Language Learners Definition of repeal

: to officially make (a law) no longer valid

repeal

verb
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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