re·​scind | \ ri-ˈsind How to pronounce rescind (audio) \
rescinded; rescinding; rescinds

Definition of rescind

transitive verb

1 : to take away : remove
2a : take back, cancel refused to rescind the order
b : to abrogate (a contract) and restore the parties to the positions they would have occupied had there been no contract
3 : to make void by action of the enacting authority or a superior authority : repeal rescind an act

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Other Words from rescind

rescinder noun
rescindment \ ri-​ˈsin(d)-​mənt How to pronounce rescindment (audio) \ noun

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Rescind and the lesser-known words exscind and prescind all come from the Latin verb scindere, which means "to cut" or "to split." Rescind was adapted from its Latin predecessor rescindere in the second half of the 16th century, and prescind (from praescindere) and exscind (from exscindere) followed in the mid-17th century. Exscind means "to cut off" or "to excise," and prescind means "to withdraw one's attention," but neither appears frequently in contemporary English. Of the three borrowings, only rescind established itself as a common English term. You might hear of someone rescinding a contract or an offer, or of a legislative body rescinding a law.

Examples of rescind in a Sentence

The enemies these efforts made for him concocted charges of disloyalty, and following a hearing before the Atomic Energy Commission in 1954, Oppenheimer's security clearance was rescinded. — Kai Bird et al., Smithsonian, Aug. 2005 But Maria convinced Leverich that she had the authority to rescind the executor's decision to appoint him as biographer. — John Lahr, New Yorker, 19 Dec. 1994 The Navy barred its personnel from his church, but he challenged the decree in federal court as a constitutional violation of freedom of religion. Eventually, the Navy rescinded its ban. — Randall Samborn, National Law Journal, 14 Jan. 1991 The navy rescinded its ban on women sailors. The company later rescinded its offer.
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Recent Examples on the Web As opposition politicians and activists have joined the demonstrations, demands have grown from rescinding the subway fare increase to throwing out the constitution, drafted during the ruthless, right-wing dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. Washington Post, "A government chased from its capital, a president forced into exile: A storm of protest rages in South America.," 14 Nov. 2019 The five conservative justices questioned the notion that the Trump administration did not sufficiently explain itself in rescinding the policy, and appeared to be skeptical that the courts had the power to review the decision in the first place. Tal Kopan,, "Supreme Court justices grapple with DACA’s future," 12 Nov. 2019 Emanuel earned the ire of teachers by rescinding a four-per-cent pay raise and persuading the state legislature to raise the threshold for calling a strike to seventy-five per cent of union members. Peter Slevin, The New Yorker, "Chicago’s Striking Teachers Test a Progressive New Mayor," 26 Oct. 2019 Additionally, the article states the school board met with Eriksen for three hours in closed session before rescinding his contract. Chicago Tribune,, "Corrections and clarifications," 19 June 2018 At the time the department rescinded its offer to Wilson, many in Baltimore speculated it was related to her claims against Mosby, but the department would not confirm that. Kevin Rector,, "Baltimore gave $75K to assistant AG who alleged Mosby ‘tantrum’ over perjury claim cost her top police job," 10 Dec. 2019 Would rescind the corporate tax cut in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, "Renegades-in-Waiting: Why Big Business Is Wary of Trump’s Potential 2020 Rivals," 18 Nov. 2019 However, after a VAR review, the card was rescinded. Mitchell Northam, Pro Soccer USA, "FSU women denied second straight ACC title by Virginia’s extra time heroics," 10 Nov. 2019 After Somerville served his jail time and apologized to the court, the judge rescinded his finding that Somerville was in contempt of court and vacated a remaining three-month probation term. Marc Freeman,, "Another Palm Beach County juror may be jailed in new contempt case," 7 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of rescind

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rescind

Latin rescindere to annul, from re- + scindere to cut — more at shed entry 1

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The first known use of rescind was in 1579

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“Rescind.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rescind

formal : to end (a law, contract, agreement, etc.) officially : to say officially that (something) is no longer valid


re·​scind | \ ri-ˈsind How to pronounce rescind (audio) \

Legal Definition of rescind

transitive verb

1 : to take back and make void rescinded its suspension of his license
2 : to abrogate (a contract or transaction) by mutual agreement, judicial decree, or unilateral declaration because of fraud, mistake, duress, misrepresentation, illegality, a breach, or another sufficient ground with both parties restored to their positions before the contract was made — compare cancel, terminate
3 : to make void by the same or by a superior authority rescind a regulation

intransitive verb

: to rescind something (as a contract)

Other Words from rescind

rescindable \ -​ˈsin-​də-​bəl \ adjective

History and Etymology for rescind

Latin rescindere to cut loose, annul, from re- away, back + scindere to cut, split

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not to be intimidated or subdued

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