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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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 If the Biden administration begins to fail conspicuously, though, wokeness could be the anchor dragging liberalism down to repudiation and defeat. Ross Douthat New York Times, Star Tribune, "Potential shadows on the Biden dream: The border, China, an economic fizzle," 23 Mar. 2021 The reports, compiled by career officials, amounted to a repudiation of Mr. Trump, his allies and some of his top administration officials. New York Times, "Russian Interference in 2020 Included Influencing Trump Associates, Report Says," 16 Mar. 2021 Fulfilling that campaign promise amounts to a stark repudiation of Trump, who spent years disparaging the global scientific consensus that human activity is causing the planet to warm. Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. officially rejoins Paris climate accord, vowing to make up for lost time," 19 Feb. 2021 The magnitude of the repudiation of state laws that restrict voting is significant, and there is certainly safety in numbers for the businesses that put their names to Wednesday’s statement. NBC News, "Why more CEOs are willing to address 'thorny political issues' like voting rights," 16 Apr. 2021 Even so sovereign a will as his could not overcome the vagaries of fallout; out of repudiation came emphasis on the thing repudiated. New York Times, "Cynthia Ozick Calls the New Philip Roth Biography a ‘Narrative Masterwork’," 1 Apr. 2021 The Republican campaign of electoral repudiation highlighted this paradox. The Economist, "Not gonna lie A timely diagnosis of the problem of rampant dishonesty," 18 Mar. 2021 During his inaugural address, Mr. Biden issued a strong repudiation of white supremacy and domestic terrorism, which is rare for such consequential speeches. CBS News, "Number of hate groups in decline as they migrate to online networks, report says," 1 Feb. 2021 The rally turned violent — a participant drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one and injuring more than a dozen — setting off a broad repudiation of the groups that attended. New York Times, "Police Shrugged Off the Proud Boys, Until They Attacked the Capitol," 14 Mar. 2021

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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 9 May. 2021.

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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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