verb re·scind \ ri-ˈsind \
|Updated on: 6 Aug 2018

Definition of rescind

rescinded; rescinding; rescinds
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




play \ri-ˈsin(d)-mənt\ noun

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Examples of rescind in a Sentence

  1. 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disloyalty, and following a hearing before the Atomic Energy Commission in 1954, Oppenheimer's security clearance was rescinded.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.SmithsonianAug. 2005
  2. But Maria convinced Leverich that she had the authority to rescind the executor's decision to appoint him as biographer. —John LahrNew Yorker19 Dec. 1994
  3. 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 Eventually, the Navy rescinded its ban.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 SambornNational Law Journal14 Jan. 1991
  4. The navy rescinded its ban on women sailors.

  5. The company later rescinded its offer.

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Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of rescind

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

RESCIND Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of rescind for English Language Learners

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 officially : to say officially that (something) is no longer valid

Law Dictionary


verb re·scind \ ri-ˈsind \

legal Definition of rescind

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  • rescinded its suspension of his license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
: to rescind something (as a contract)


\-ˈsin-də-bəl\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of rescind

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

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