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rescinded; rescinding; rescinds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disloyalty, and following a hearing before the Atomic Energy Commission in 1954, Oppenheimer's security clearance was rescinded.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 Eventually, the Navy rescinded its ban. — Randall Samborn, National Law Journal, 14 Jan. 1991 The navy rescinded its ban on women sailors. The company later rescinded its offer.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 Borrowers have up to three years to rescind a refinance loan if not provided with correct Truth in Lending disclosures at the time of closing. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, "North Shore couple sues Manafort banker Stephen Calk for alleged $1.4 million home refinance fraud," 22 Oct. 2019 Interim Madison Metropolitan School District Jane Belmore decided to rescind Marlon Jones' termination, the Madison Teachers Inc., a union representing teachers and other staff, said in a statement on Monday. Darran Simon And Sheena Jones, CNN, "An African American security guard fired after he asked a student to not call him the n-word is 'back'," 21 Oct. 2019 Despite that, opponents still gathered enough signatures to put the matter to a public vote, but the Newport Beach City Council decided to instead rescind its approval of the project in February 2017. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Political Landscape: Newport-tinged bill on referendum petitions becomes law," 11 Oct. 2019 In December 2017, the board’s new conservative majority voted to rescind Browning-Ferris’s revision of the rule. Ian Macdougall, ProPublica, "Trump’s NLRB, Trying to Cut Protections for Millions of Temps and Fast-Food Workers, Trips Up Again," 16 Sep. 2019 Any administration moves to rescind authority that Congress granted probably would end up in court. CBS News, "Trump plans to revoke California fuel economy standards," 5 Sep. 2019 Administration moves to rescind authority that Congress granted probably would end up in court. Tom Krisher, Fortune, "Trump Will Challenge California’s State’s Rights to Set Its Own Mileage Standard," 5 Sep. 2019 Trump is seeking to rescind that exemption, which is tied up in the courts. Randy Essex, Detroit Free Press, "Why Trump is using Henry Ford, gas mileage to call out automakers on Twitter," 22 Aug. 2019 Four new trustees were elected in November after the request was made, including three of the four who supported Wednesday’s resolution to rescind the request. Liz Teitz, ExpressNews.com, "South San trustees call for removal of monitor who criticized their governance," 7 Aug. 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 entry 1

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rescind

verb
How to pronounce rescind (audio)

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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