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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abrogation, repeal, annulmentverb

    the act of abrogating; an official or legal cancellation

  2. revoke, annul, lift, countermand, reverse, repeal, overturn, rescind, vacateverb

    cancel officially

    "He revoked the ban on smoking"; "lift an embargo"; "vacate a death sentence"


  1. repealnoun

    An act or instance of repealing.

    Etymology: From repello, from re and pello

  2. repealverb

    To cancel, invalidate, annul.

    Etymology: From repello, from re and pello

Webster Dictionary

  1. Repealverb

    to recall; to summon again, as persons

  2. Repealverb

    to recall, as a deed, will, law, or statute; to revoke; to rescind or abrogate by authority, as by act of the legislature; as, to repeal a law

  3. Repealverb

    to suppress; to repel

  4. Repealnoun

    recall, as from exile

  5. Repealnoun

    revocation; abrogation; as, the repeal of a statute; the repeal of a law or a usage


  1. Repeal

    A repeal is the removal or reversal of a law. There are two basic types of repeal, a repeal with re-enactment of the repealed law, or a repeal without replacement. The motion to rescind, repeal, or annul is used in parliamentary procedure to cancel or countermand an action or order previously adopted by the assembly. Removal of secondary legislation is normally referred to as revocation rather than repeal in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Under the common law of England and Wales, the effect of repealing a statute was "to obliterate it completely from the records of Parliament as though it had never been passed." This, however, is now subject to savings provisions within the Interpretation Act 1978.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Repeal

    rē-pēl′, v.t. to revoke by authority, as a law: to abrogate: to recall: to dismiss.—n. a revoking or annulling.—ns. Repealabil′ity, Repeal′ableness.—adj. Repeal′able, that may be repealed.—ns. Repeal′er, one who repeals: one who seeks for a repeal, esp. of the union between Great Britain and Ireland; Repeal′ment, recall.—Repeal agitation, a movement for the repeal of the legislative union between Great Britain and Ireland. [O. Fr. rapelerre-, back, apeler—L. appellāre, to call.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of repeal in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of repeal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of repeal in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    I'm asking for your vote so we can repeal and replace Obamacare and save health care for every family in Iowa and for every family in our great country -- so important.

  2. Randi Weingarten:

    We are proud that Hillary Clinton has come out in favor of a repeal of the so-called Cadillac tax -- a harmful tax on health benefits that is hurting America's working families, this tax already is being used by employers to shift an increasing share of health care costs to employees.

  3. Kevin McCarthy:

    I would like to have the option to do more than repeal the ACA, i look forward to getting tax reform done. The last time, they used reconciliation.

  4. Ted Cruz:

    As president, I will repeal Obamacare, the biggest job-killer in America.

  5. Chris Sgro:

    The initiative is not a repeal, it's doubling down on the discrimination that HB2 exacts -- it's HB2.0. It doesn't allow municipalities to protect people from discrimination 'til 2020.

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