: a new leaf or slip substituted for matter already printed
Frequently Asked Questions
What does it mean to cancel someone?
To cancel someone is to stop supporting them or their work. This means no longer reading what they write, listening to or watching what they create, or enjoying what they produce.
Is it cancelled or canceled?
The forms of cancel in American English are typically canceled and canceling; in British English they are cancelled and cancelling. Cancellation is the usual spelling everywhere, though cancelation is also sometimes used.
What does cancellable mean?
The word cancellable (which is also but less commonly spelled cancelable) describes something, such as a contract or policy, that can be canceled—that is, that can be made no longer valid or effective.
The event was canceled at the last minute when the speaker didn't show up.
We canceled our dinner reservation.
My flight was canceled because of the storm.
She canceled her appointment with the dentist.
I'm sorry, but I have to cancel. Can we meet next week?
He canceled his insurance policy last month.
We canceled our magazine subscription when we moved.
The bank canceled my credit card.
If you subscribe online, you can cancel at any time. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Their sound quality and noise canceling alone make a fantastic value—especially on sale.—Parker Hall, WIRED, 28 Nov. 2023 Pope Francis has canceled a trip to a climate conference in Dubai on doctor's orders, according to the Holy See Press Office.—Phoebe Natanson, ABC News, 28 Nov. 2023 That movie, which would have been made for Netflix and starred Mads Mikkelsen, was canceled just days before filming was to start in 2019.—Dave Itzkoff, Los Angeles Times, 27 Nov. 2023 Well, actually, nine of Stewart's guests canceled on her Thanksgiving dinner because someone got sick.—Rebecca Cohen, NBC News, 17 Nov. 2023 The Post reported that an advertising campaign buy for the Biden campaign was canceled on Univision stations in several key states.—Stephen Battaglio, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2023 The two exes have a drink in her hotel room, cancel on their dates, never realizing the truth, and wind up successfully counseling a bickering couple in the next room over.—Jp Mangalindan, Peoplemag, 15 Nov. 2023 Supporters of the project applied pressure to the studio to change last week’s decision, with some creatives even canceling meetings with the company in protest.—James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Nov. 2023 My money is on Jon Stewart, whose Apple TV Plus show was canceled last month.—Ariel Shapiro, The Verge, 14 Nov. 2023
Netflix cancelations were also up in June, while the ratio of gross additions to cancels for the service reached its highest level since early in the COVID lockdowns in April 2020, according to Antenna.—Todd Spangler, Variety, 18 July 2023 If there’s no cancel button, the subscription is already canceled.—Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 1 June 2023 The Center published a study around the cancel phenomenon in 2021 which revealed deep public division across demographic groups in the United States – from the very meaning of the phrase as well as what cancel culture represents.—Heather Chen, CNN, 13 May 2023 The ratio of sign-ups to cancels also increased, Antenna found, indicating that new subscriptions outpaced cancellations.—Aaron Gregg, Anchorage Daily News, 10 June 2023 So a cancel law would have to be one that’s very distinct in nature.—Heather Chen, CNN, 13 May 2023 The past tense of cancel is canceled in our dictionaries, with cancelled noted as British usage.—Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Sep. 2022 This idea, too, became part of the cancel-culture script.—Brian Stelter, Fortune, 14 Mar. 2023 And so even one cancel.—Amanda Maile, ABC News, 28 May 2022 See More
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Verb and Noun
Middle English cancellen, from Anglo-French canceller, chanceller, from Late Latin cancellare, from Latin, to make like a lattice, from cancelli (plural), diminutive of cancer lattice, probably alteration of carcer prison
: to divide a numerator and denominator by the same number
: to remove something equivalent from both sides of an equation or account
: to mark a postage stamp or check so that it cannot be reused
canceled or cancelled; canceling or cancelling
: to destroy the force, validity, or effectiveness of: as
: to render (one's will or a provision in one's will) ineffective by purposely making marks through or otherwise marring the text of compare revoke
The text of the will or of the will's provision need not be rendered illegible in order for a court to find that there was an intent to cancel it.
: to make (a negotiable instrument) unenforceable especially by purposely marking through or otherwise marring the words or signature of
As stated in section 3-604 of the Uniform Commercial Code, a party that is entitled to enforce a negotiable instrument may cancel the instrument, whether or not for consideration, and discharge the obligation of the other party to pay.
: to mark (a check) to indicate that payment has been made by the bank
A check is no longer negotiable once it has been cancelled.
: to withdraw an agreement to honor (a letter of credit)
when an issuer wrongfully cancels or otherwise repudiates a credit before presentment of a draft—Uniform Commercial Code
: to put an end to (a contract): as
: to end (a contract) by discharging the other party from obligations as yet unperformed
: to end (a contract) in accordance with the provisions of U.C.C. section 2-106 or a similar statute because the other party has breached compare rescind, terminate
Section 2-106 provides that a party that cancels a contract because of the other party's breach is entitled to seek remedies for breach of all or part of the contract.
: to put an end to (a lease contract) because of the default of the other party
Under U.C.C. section 2A-505, a party that cancels because of the other party's default may seek remedies for the default of all or any unperformed part of the lease contract.
: to terminate (an insurance policy) before the end of the policy period usually as allowed by policy provisions