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.
Recent Examples on the Web Trump: His victory is a repudiation of Trump, powered by legions of women and minority voters. Teo Armus, Washington Post, "Trump’s new Pennsylvania lawyer said Biden won and that lawsuits ‘will not reverse this election’," 16 Nov. 2020 Those rapid, wide-ranging reforms, which eventually helped Mr. Abiy win the Nobel Peace Prize, were a pointed repudiation of the Tigrayan old guard. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "They Once Ruled Ethiopia. Now They Are Fighting Its Government.," 15 Nov. 2020 Those rapid, wide-ranging reforms, which eventually helped Abiy win the Nobel Peace Prize, were a pointed repudiation of the Tigrayan old guard. Declan Walsh And Simon Marks New York Times, Star Tribune, "They once ruled Ethiopia. Now they are fighting its government," 15 Nov. 2020 What that means is that there was no repudiation of Trump, his accomplishments, or his agenda. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "White House Report Card: ‘No repudiation’ of Trumpism, but no reelection either," 7 Nov. 2020 But falling short of the lopsided victory some polls predicted, Biden and Democrats failed to deliver clear repudiation of Trump's politics. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "How Joe Biden flipped the electoral map and won the presidency with room to spare," 7 Nov. 2020 What many expected would be a solid repudiation of Donald Trump and his party ended up a muddle. Damon Linker, TheWeek, "What we know about the election results — and what we don't," 4 Nov. 2020 Though Biden clinched victory Saturday, the election was at once an underwhelming repudiation of Trump and an endorsement of his overhaul of the Republican Party. Los Angeles Times, "News Analysis: Joe Biden will take the helm of a nation divided," 7 Nov. 2020 But Democrats hoping for a repudiation of Trump and Trumpism were sorely disappointed, with the presidential race closer than many had hoped and with Republicans poised to gain in the House and possibly hold onto the Senate. Author: Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey, Matt Viser, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s defeat was shaped by same instincts that boosted him in 2016," 7 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of repudiation

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

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Cite this Entry

“Repudiation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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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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