repeal

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verb re·peal \ri-ˈpēl\

Definition of repeal

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to rescind or annul by authoritative act; especially :  to revoke or abrogate by legislative enactment

  3. 2 :  abandon, renounce

  4. 3 obsolete :  to summon to return :  recall

repeal

noun

repealable

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in 1933, Congress passed the 21st Amendment which repealed the Prohibition Amendment of 1919, thus making the sale, distribution, and use of alcohol legal once again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

Origin and Etymology of repeal

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


First Known Use: 14th century


REPEAL Defined for English Language Learners

repeal

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verb re·peal \ri-ˈpēl\

Definition of repeal for English Language Learners

  • : to officially make (a law) no longer valid


REPEAL Defined for Kids

repeal

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verb re·peal \ri-ˈpēl\

Definition of repeal for Students

repealed

repealing

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The law was repealed.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


Law Dictionary

repeal

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transitive verb re·peal \ri-ˈpēl\

Legal Definition of repeal

  1. :  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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