repudiation

noun
re·​pu·​di·​a·​tion | \ ri-ˌpyü-dē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce repudiation (audio) \

Definition of repudiation

: the act of repudiating : the state of being repudiated especially : the refusal of public authorities to acknowledge or pay a debt

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Other Words from repudiation

repudiationist \ ri-​ˌpyü-​dē-​ˈā-​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce repudiationist (audio) \ noun

Examples of repudiation in a Sentence

voters seemed satisfied by the candidate's public repudiation of the beliefs of an organization to which he had briefly belonged as a youth New Year's resolutions typically include the repudiation of chocolate and other indulgences and the promise to resume working out at the gym.

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Today these debatable ideas have become an insistent claim that the building of America—mostly by European immigrants—was morally flawed and requires constant repudiation. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Beyond MAGA Hats," 23 Jan. 2019 And to be clear, her comment Tuesday is a pretty big repudiation of what the White House has been saying -- both anonymously and, in the case of Kudlow, publicly. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Nikki Haley’s extraordinary public rebuke of the White House," 17 Apr. 2018 The letter was widely seen as a repudiation by Mr. Mattis of Mr. Trump’s views of American alliances. Jessica Donati, WSJ, "Trump Moves Up Departure Date for Defense Secretary Mattis," 23 Dec. 2018 The school’s repudiation of Doe’s claims has sparked criticism. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Title IX Lawsuit Over Players' Alleged Rape Adds to Michigan State's Growing Legal Troubles," 13 Apr. 2018 Despite the ferocious repudiation of his actions by the US and UK governments, his courageous actions were ultimately good for the intelligence agencies themselves, governments, and most importantly the global public. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "The Snowden Legacy, part one: What’s changed, really?," 21 Nov. 2018 The cable networks gave attention to late-afternoon exit polls that seemed to indicate this year’s vote would be a repudiation of Trump. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Midterm coverage was a roller-coaster ride of dips and dives," 7 Nov. 2018 But far from siding with the U.S. stand on Iran policy, heads of state and foreign ministers rejected it, delivering an unusual diplomatic repudiation to the U.S. on the sidelines of the annual General Assembly. Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ, "Trump Seeks International Support on Iran, but Finds Little," 26 Sep. 2018 Trump changed everything, and Trumpism is an unapologetic repudiation of nearly everything Ryan once stood for. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Paul Ryan’s party is over," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of repudiation

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of repudiation was circa 1530

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repudiation

noun
re·​pu·​di·​a·​tion | \ ri-ˌpyü-dē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce repudiation (audio) \

Legal Definition of repudiation

: the rejection or renunciation of a duty or obligation (as under a contract) especially : anticipatory repudiation

Note: A party aggrieved by a repudiation may consider a repudiated contract to have been breached and bring an action for relief.

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