re·​scind | \ri-ˈsind \
rescinded; rescinding; rescinds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 \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for rescind


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


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disloyalty, and following a hearing before the Atomic Energy Commission in 1954, Oppenheimer's security clearance was rescinded.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 Eventually, the Navy rescinded its ban. — Randall Samborn, National Law Journal, 14 Jan. 1991 The navy rescinded its ban on women sailors. The company later rescinded its offer.
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Diplomatic ties between Washington and Tehran were severed following the 1979 Iranian revolution, but the treaty hasn’t been rescinded. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "U.N. Court Orders U.S. to Lift Iran Sanctions on Humanitarian Goods," 3 Oct. 2018 While their stories prompted a nationwide outcry for his nomination to be rescinded, the women also faced significant backlash from the Republican party, who want to see his confirmation go through. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "People Are Wearing Black to Support Women Accusing Brett Kavanaugh of Sexual Assault," 24 Sep. 2018 Until this policy of separating children from their families has been rescinded, Maryland will not deploy any National Guard resources to the border. Debbie Lord, ajc, "Which Republicans are speaking out against separating immigrant families? Which governors are recalling guard troops from borders over it?," 20 June 2018 According to a Clinton spokesperson, Clinton was not aware that Lewinsky’s invite being rescinded. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Monica Lewinsky Was 'Uninvited' From an Event Bill Clinton Attended. Now She's Getting an Apology," 10 May 2018 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW An attorney for the MacDonald Companies, which owns the complexes, insisted the rebates were perfectly legal, but confirmed that the offer advertised in apartment newsletters has been rescinded. Zeke Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "DA refers rent-rebate-for-vote complaint to attorney general’s office," 25 Apr. 2018 All 49 Senate Democrats plus Maine Republican Susan Collins voted to rescind these consumer protections and subject sick patients to canceled coverage and denied care by reverting to the Obama rule. Michael F. Cannon, WSJ, "First, Do No Harm (to ObamaCare)," 11 Oct. 2018 Vintimillia said at a press conference (Spanish) in Quito on Thursday that Assange’s citizenship should be rescinded. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Ecuador wanted to make Julian Assange a diplomat and send him to Moscow," 22 Sep. 2018 The elementary school district’s board voted 6-0, with one abstention, to rescind its May 16 job offer to Matthew Eriksen and terminate its employment contract with him. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "Evergreen Park school board rescinds new principal's contract following anonymous misconduct allegations," 15 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of rescind

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


re·​scind | \ri-ˈsind \

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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