re·pu·di·a·tion | \ri-ˌpyü-dē-ˈā-shən \

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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repudiationist \ri-ˌpyü-dē-ˈā-sh(ə-)nist \ 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 horrific scenes at the Mexican border are a repudiation of decent human values. New York Times, "Big Protests Greet Trump’s Visit to Britain," 12 July 2018 Its losses are a repudiation of current President Enrique Peña Nieto’s government. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Left Turn in Mexico," 1 July 2018 The party’s breakdown in 2018 is extensive and far-reaching, combining overwhelming popular repudiation of the party’s brand and the deterioration of its internal machinery. Michael Lettieri, Washington Post, "Mexico votes tomorrow. Here’s how the country will be radically transformed when the PRI loses.," 30 June 2018 His recent vote in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case marked a step back from that legacy, though not a total repudiation of it. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Anthony Kennedy’s Great Legacy: His Exit," 27 June 2018 This formal repudiation of a shameful precedent is laudable and long overdue. Jill Tucker,, "1944 Korematsu opinion on Japanese American internment is tossed out," 26 June 2018 There'll be people who criticise it, because everything that's new generates repudiation., "Barcelona Chiefs Fume at Gerard Pique's Role in Antoine Griezmann's Decision to Reject Camp Nou," 15 June 2018 That vow, made again at Tuesday's rally, found swift repudiation from Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. Josh Hafner, USA TODAY, "OnPolitics Today: Melania is alive and 'feeling great,' she, or perhaps her husband, says," 30 May 2018 The first step to a — Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) June 20, 2018 Season of renewal in our land is the absolute and utter repudiation of Trump and his vile enablers in the 2018 election by electing Democratic majorities. Tara Golshan, Vox, "A prominent GOP strategist has left the Republican Party over family separations at the border," 20 June 2018

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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 \

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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