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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The mobilization against Rossello — a 40-year-old politician who has refused to abandon the Governor’s mansion, known as The Fortress — represents one of the largest demonstrations of public repudiation of the Puerto Rican government in its history. Washington Post, "Puerto Rico is in chaos, and some worry continued instability is a major threat," 18 July 2019 The repudiation of the two-nation theory, based on common religion, by Indian Muslims was reaffirmed by the breaking away of East Bengal and the birth of Bangladesh. Salman Khurshid, Quartz India, "Rumours, suspicions, fears: What Indian Muslims have battled since Independence," 26 July 2019 Donald Trump is, in many ways, a repudiation of this vision — his is often a politics of grievance rather than celebration. Nate Hochman, National Review, "How Might Republicans Win Young Voters?," 16 July 2019 Updated: Revised at 3 p.m. on Tuesday with Rep. Ron Wright's repudiation of Trump. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Texas Republicans squirm as Trump tells nonwhites in Congress 'go back' home; Cornyn calls it 'unforced error'," 16 July 2019 Absent from his repertoire has been a forceful repudiation of the white nationalism taking rise under his watch. Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric looms over El Paso massacre," 4 Aug. 2019 But the scope and ambition that characterize her policy platform is a clear repudiation of the incrementalism that many progressives associate with Obama. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "The Battle Over Barack Obama’s Legacy at the Democratic Debates," 1 Aug. 2019 Most said immigrants in the country should be offered a path to legal residency, and most said the United States should allow refugees from Central America to seek asylum — a resounding repudiation of Trump’s policies. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Democrats are in danger of falling into Trump’s trap on immigration," 21 July 2019 In a sign of increasing international repudiation of Maduro, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet, issued a scathing report Thursday accusing Venezuela's security forces of nearly 5,300 killings last year. Scott Smith,, "Venezuela’s Maduro flexes military power in parade to celebrate country’s independence," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of repudiation

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

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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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