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rescinded; rescinding; rescinds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

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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disloyalty, and following a hearing before the Atomic Energy Commission in 1954, Oppenheimer's security clearance was rescinded.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 Eventually, the Navy rescinded its ban. — Randall Samborn, National Law Journal, 14 Jan. 1991 The navy rescinded its ban on women sailors. The company later rescinded its offer.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 This move comes two days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer called on DeJoy to immediately rescind the directives. Jacob Bogage, Washington Post, "Democrats call for investigation of postmaster general over mail delays," 7 Aug. 2020 But when the temple disclosed its plans, more protests caused city officials to call for the removal of the soldier monument and rescind its permit for the temple’s monument. Erin Adler, Star Tribune, "Satanic Temple lawsuit against Belle Plaine will move forward, despite court dismissal of most of its claims," 4 Aug. 2020 The Trump administration appears to be setting the ground work to rescind the DACA program in the future, Loweree said. Daniel Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, "About 500,000 eligible 'dreamers' frozen out of DACA by Trump administration," 1 Aug. 2020 The new policy does not affect or rescind those bans. Lolita C. Baldor, The Denver Post, "Pentagon bans Confederate flag in way to avoid Trump’s wrath," 17 July 2020 Durbin urged the Trump administration not to attempt to rescind the program again before the November election and to leave the matter to the next administration instead, no matter who is elected. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "‘Wow’: Democrats celebrate high court ruling protecting 'Dreamers'," 18 June 2020 In a 5-4 decision rejecting President Trump’s attempt to rescind the program, Chief Justice John Roberts said the administration had failed to explain its action or consider its impact on immigrants who relied on DACA. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "US Supreme Court’s rulings on gays, immigrants benefit environmental cases," 3 July 2020 Universities are getting creative in their efforts to prevent international students from being deported under rules that would rescind their immigration status if classes are not held in person. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "TikTok HK," 10 July 2020 After viewing it, head football coach, David Archer, made the decision to rescind the individual’s offer to join the team in the fall. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Cornell commit has football offer revoked after being caught on camera using racial slur," 8 July 2020

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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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13 Aug 2020

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“Rescind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rescind. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for rescind

rescind

verb
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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

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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