rescind

verb
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rescinded; rescinding; rescinds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

Synonyms & Antonyms for rescind

Synonyms

abandon, abort, call, call off, cancel, cry off, drop, recall, repeal, revoke, scrap, scrub

Antonyms

continue, keep

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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disloyalty, and following a hearing before the Atomic Energy Commission in 1954, Oppenheimer's security clearance was rescinded.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 Eventually, the Navy rescinded its ban. — Randall Samborn, National Law Journal, 14 Jan. 1991 The navy rescinded its ban on women sailors. The company later rescinded its offer.
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In November, the Mystery Writers of America, or MWA, rescinded the Grand Master Award it had planned on awarding Fairstein. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "'When They See Us' sparks calls to boycott prosecutor-turned-author Linda Fairstein," 4 June 2019 But when investigators learned the two officers lied about the events, then-Manager of Safety Ron Perea rescinded the discipline and instead fired the officers. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Denver officials to ask Colorado Supreme Court whether police officers fired for LoDo beating should get jobs back," 3 June 2019 The right thing to do is for the administration to rescind this policy now and for Congress to bring forward broader immigration legislation. Michael Smolens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Faulconer, chamber urge Trump to stop separating immigrant families," 19 June 2018 Starbucks, in a fit of guilt and self-loathing, ordered all its staff to undergo bias training and rescinded its purchase-necessary policy, which was often ignored. Stu Bykofsky, Philly.com, "Commish orders up a kinder, gentler, more polite police force | Stu Bykofsky," 13 June 2018 That would put Trump at odds with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who in January rescinded an Obama-era policy that allowed states to legalize cannabis. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Trump on Marijuana: 'I Probably Will' Support End to Federal Ban," 8 June 2018 The Obama administration chose not to interfere with the state laws, but Attorney General Jeff Sessions in early January rescinded that policy, unsettling the pot industry and clouding its future. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Legal marijuana brings new sales to Pope Scientific of Saukville," 25 Feb. 2018 In 2017, Apple, Facebook, and Google criticized the Trump administration for rescinding rules issued under President Obama that allowed students to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Apple, Google, Facebook, and others push back on Trump transgender policy," 1 Nov. 2018 Of greater concern to supporters of liberal democracy, Bolsonaro is a proponent of rescinding the human rights of criminals, vowed to prosecute his political opponents, and has voiced support for military dictatorship. Amy Erica Smith, Mollie Cohen, Matthew Layton, Vox, "Did Brazilians vote against democracy on Sunday?," 30 Oct. 2018

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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

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rescind

verb

English Language Learners Definition of rescind

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

rescind

verb
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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