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repealed; repealing; repeals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called the furniture store to repeal the order for six new desks in 1933, Congress passed the 21st Amendment which repealed the Prohibition Amendment of 1919, thus making the sale, distribution, and use of alcohol legal once again

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State Senate Bill 192, which repeals the law, was first introduced on January 30, and it was sponsored by Senator Bob Hertzberg. Allen Kim, CNN, "It's no longer a crime in California not to help a police officer," 4 Sep. 2019 Do better by telling your party colleagues to repeal the 2016 state law requiring every city to have the same minimum wage. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, "Johnson: Keep the apology, governor, just do better for black Alabamians," 3 Sep. 2019 Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is one of the plaintiffs in that lawsuit, which could repeal the entire law. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "A California union is behind health ballot initiative in Arizona," 26 Aug. 2019 That campaign has included the promotion of bare-bones insurance plans, cutbacks in marketing and outreach, and constant threats to repeal the law. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: California shows all states how to protect patients from Trump’s attacks on Obamacare," 16 Aug. 2019 The same judge is overseeing another lawsuit brought by gun-rights groups that seeks to repeal a state law requiring background checks for ammunition buyers. Don Thompson, The Denver Post, "Gun-control backers concerned about changing federal courts," 10 Aug. 2019 Health economists warn that repealing the tax would add to the national deficit and increase health care spending. Yasmeen Abutaleb, BostonGlobe.com, "House Democrats join Republicans to repeal Obamacare’s ‘Cadillac tax’," 17 July 2019 Health economists warn that repealing the tax would add to the national deficit and increase health-care spending. Yasmeen Abutaleb, Washington Post, "House Democrats join Republicans to repeal Obamacare’s ‘Cadillac tax’," 17 July 2019 Barrasso for years has been one of the most outspoken advocates of repealing President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, an effort that fell just short of passing in the Senate last year. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Billionaire Foster Friess defeated in Wyoming gubernatorial race despite last-minute Trump endorsement; Sen. Barrasso trounces wealthy challenger," 22 Aug. 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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