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rescinded; rescinding; rescinds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disloyalty, and following a hearing before the Atomic Energy Commission in 1954, Oppenheimer's security clearance was rescinded.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 Eventually, the Navy rescinded its ban. — Randall Samborn, National Law Journal, 14 Jan. 1991 The navy rescinded its ban on women sailors. The company later rescinded its offer.
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On September 5, 2017, President Donald Trump rescinded the program, putting the status of nearly 690,000 DACA recipients (otherwise known as Dreamers) in the hands of Congress. Nish Weiseth, Cosmopolitan, "6 Reasons Deporting the Dreamers Would Be Not Just Heartless But Also Really Stupid," 26 Jan. 2018 Based on a chart provided to media regularly covering the NBA, none of Howard’s techs have been rescinded this season. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Why Charlotte Hornets center Dwight Howard is flirting with 1-game suspension | Charlotte Observer," 24 Feb. 2018 Brown has lashed out at efforts by President Trump to rescind the law. John Myers, latimes.com, "With one final signature, Gov. Jerry Brown closes the chapter on his quest to reshape California's budget," 1 July 2018 In retaliation for the deployment, the Pentagon last week rescinded an invitation for China to participate in a multinational naval exercise this summer near Hawaii. Steven Lee Myers, The Seattle Times, "China says it confronted U.S. warships in South China Sea," 27 May 2018 Last year, two state employees and the ACLU sued after the Group Insurance Board — per a Department of Justice request — rescinded a rule change in 2016 to cover the treatments. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin unlawfully denies necessary treatment for transgender Medicaid recipients, lawsuit claims," 30 Apr. 2018 In January of last year, the president rescinded ongoing efforts at smarter immigration enforcement. Jeremy Mckinney, Fortune, "Commentary: America's Immigration Court System Is in Trouble," 11 Apr. 2018 In January, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a trio of memos from the Obama administration that had adopted a policy of non-interference with marijuana-friendly state laws. Jennifer Hansler, CNN, "Former House Speaker Boehner 'has evolved' on marijuana," 11 Apr. 2018 But a few weeks later, the honor was abruptly rescinded and Haddock was told the Osé was disqualified. Lisa Liebman, Glamour, "CES Just Doesn’t Know What to Do With a Sex Toy for Women," 18 Jan. 2019

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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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