rev·​o·​ca·​tion | \ ˌre-və-ˈkā-shən ; ri-ˌvō-, ˌrē-\

Definition of revocation

: an act or instance of revoking

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threatened the revocation of his son's driving privileges

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Most recently the Trump administration targeted Turkey for revocation of tariff-free exports to the U.S., part of a growing dispute between the two nations. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "U.S. Takes Trade Fight to Smaller Nations," 12 Aug. 2018 However, the revocation of Hafi's medical license raises questions about the practices of Access Omnicare, which Tesla selected to oversee its on-site clinic since June 2018. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Doctor, once hired by clinic that sees Tesla workers, just lost his license," 11 Dec. 2018 The Associated Press obtained revocation letters from two of the states and confirmed with leaders of a third that it had been revoked as well. Wayne Parry, The Seattle Times, "APNewsBreak: Miss America seeks ouster of 3 states’ leaders," 5 Dec. 2018 Another is using public statements and other means, including talk of pardons, to discourage associates’ cooperation with the special counsel; still another, demanding revocation of the special counsel’s mandate. Sean Illing, Vox, "What does Michael Cohen’s plea deal mean for Trump? I asked 9 legal experts.," 29 Nov. 2018 The greens oppose any relaxation of the Obama Cafe standards and revocation of California’s authority to regulate the national auto market. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Government Motors Is Back," 11 Nov. 2018 With Paypal’s revocation of its services, Gab could be deprived of a major revenue conduit. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Paypal bans Gab following Pittsburgh shooting," 27 Oct. 2018 Four of the six Northern California gun shops closed in the months after the inspections, but two others, in Sacramento and San Bruno, remained open after an ATF manager reversed the agency’s own revocation recommendation, records show. Megan Cassidy,, "ATF records show how 6 Northern California gun shops ran afoul of the law," 1 July 2018 The visa revocations are the Trump administration’s first punitive measures against the Saudis, who are seen as key allies in U.S. efforts to isolate Iran, since Khashoggi disappeared. Aya Batrawy, The Seattle Times, "Saudi prince to address summit darkened by Khashoggi slaying," 24 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of revocation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for revocation

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin revocation-, revocatio, from revocare

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rev·​o·​ca·​tion | \ ˌre-və-ˈkā-shən \

Legal Definition of revocation

: an act or instance of revoking

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