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

Other Words from repudiation

repudiationist \ ri-​ˌpyü-​dē-​ˈā-​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce repudiation (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.
Recent Examples on the Web Truthfully, even a Vance loss would most likely not have been a repudiation of Trump. Byrick Klein, ABC News, 3 May 2022 But the recent comments of businessman Oleg Tinkov may be the strongest repudiation from a Russian oligarch yet. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 20 Apr. 2022 But the total response has been the provision of stupendous defensive armaments and intelligence, logistical, and humanitarian support, and repudiation of Putin and isolation the Russian economy. WSJ, 30 Mar. 2022 All that marks a repudiation — at least for now — of some basic tenets of Trumpism, which denigrated U.S. alliances, deprecated refugees (at least those who weren’t from Norway) and delivered compliments to Putin. Los Angeles Times, 18 Mar. 2022 If these arguments are correct, however, then Zelenskyy’s style of leadership represents a symbolic repudiation of Putin’s authoritarianism. Michael Blake, The Conversation, 4 Mar. 2022 Old acquaintances suddenly evaded me, made extraordinary excuses; men who had presumed on the verge of my world and pestered me with an intrusive enterprise, now took the bold step of flat repudiation. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 15 Nov. 2021 Speaker Nancy Pelosi won’t allow a vote in the House, but the bipartisan Senate repudiation, like the judicial rulings, shows what a blunder the coercive mandates are. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 9 Dec. 2021 It’s not just a rebellion and repudiation of the social structures of the Catholic Church, but a testimony on gender inequality and colonialism. Seth Combs, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of repudiation

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

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“Repudiation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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