rescind

verb

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rescinded; rescinding; rescinds

transitive verb

1
: to take away : remove
2
a
: 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
rescinder noun
rescindment 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 16th century, and prescind (from praescindere) and exscind (from exscindere) followed in the next century. Exscind means "to cut off" or "to excise," and prescind means "to withdraw one's attention," but of the three borrowings, only rescind established itself as a common English term. Today, rescind is most often heard in contexts having to do with someone rescinding a contract or an offer, or with 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disloyalty, and following a hearing before the Atomic Energy Commission in 1954, Oppenheimer's security clearance was rescinded.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 Eventually, the Navy rescinded its ban.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The navy rescinded its ban on women sailors. The company later rescinded its offer.
Recent Examples on the Web As a result, a committee recommended that the music mogul’s key be nullified and rescinded. Njera Perkins, Peoplemag, 17 June 2024 The state also fined People Power for Florida $3,000 for filing forms with the wrong county; the group said the state had made a mistake, and the fine was rescinded. Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, 17 June 2024 After a long stalemate, the city rescinded its notice to terminate the lease on June 5, meaning the camp lives to fight another day. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2024 This deal stinks to the heavens and should be rescinded. Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 12 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for rescind 

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French rescinder "to reduce, cut, cancel, break (a contract)," borrowed from Latin rescindere "to remove or lay bare by hewing and cutting, cut or tear open, cancel, annul," from re- re- + scindere "to split, cleave, separate" — more at shed entry 1

First Known Use

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rescind was in 1579

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Cite this Entry

“Rescind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rescind. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

rescind

verb
re·​scind ri-ˈsind How to pronounce rescind (audio)
1
: cancel sense 2a
rescind a contract
2
: to do away with by legislative action
rescind a law
rescinder noun
rescindment noun

Legal Definition

rescind

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

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)
rescindable
-ˈsin-də-bəl
adjective
Etymology

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

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