repeal

verb re·peal \ ri-ˈpēl \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

repeal

noun

repealable

play \ri-ˈpē-lə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of repeal in a Sentence

  1. the company called the furniture store to repeal the order for six new desks

  2. in 1933, Congress passed the 21st Amendment which repealed the Prohibition Amendment of 1919, thus making the sale, distribution, and use of alcohol legal once again

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Origin and Etymology of repeal

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


REPEAL Defined for English Language Learners

repeal

verb

Definition of repeal for English Language Learners

  • : to officially make (a law) no longer valid


REPEAL Defined for Kids

repeal

verb re·peal \ ri-ˈpēl \

Definition of repeal for Students

repealed; repealing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  • The law was repealed.

Law Dictionary

repeal

transitive verb 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

repeal

noun

Origin and Etymology of 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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