Definition of rescind
1 : to take away : remove
rescindmentplay \-ˈsin(d)-mənt\ noun
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Examples of rescind in a Sentence
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 Eventually, the Navy rescinded its ban.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 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disloyalty, and following a hearing before the Atomic Energy Commission in 1954, Oppenheimer's security clearance was rescinded.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
The navy rescinded its ban on women sailors.
The company later rescinded its offer.
Recent Examples of rescind from the Web
So the Bears were able to rescind the move and choose another player to release (wide receiver Jhahuan Seales, an undrafted rookie free agent from Oklahoma State).
On Tuesday the festival responded to community pressure by publicly rescinding their invitation to Dolezal to read from her new autobiography.
A county or municipality's fiscal body can pass an ordinance imposing, changing or rescinding that tax, Eaton-McKalip said.
The regents approved the tuition increase, which was later rescinded following negotiations between Napolitano and the governor.
In March, the Trump Administration rescinded the order that would have put an end to privately run prisons.
The CBP also requested U.S. green-card holders relinquish their documents, and rescinded Global Entry status for certain U.S. citizens.
Three of the largest daily papers in the state rescinded their endorsements of him.
After decades of supporting the project, the Pasadena City Council rescinded its support of the 710 and joined South Pasadena in opposing the project.
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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.
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
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)
Origin and Etymology of rescind
Latin rescindere to cut loose, annul, from re- away, back + scindere to cut, split
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