What does repeal mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abrogation, repeal, annulment(verb)

    the act of abrogating; an official or legal cancellation

  2. revoke, annul, lift, countermand, reverse, repeal, overturn, rescind, vacate(verb)

    cancel officially

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


  1. repeal(Noun)

    An act or instance of repealing.

  2. repeal(Verb)

    To cancel, invalidate, annul.

  3. Origin: From repello, from re and pello

Webster Dictionary

  1. Repeal(verb)

    to recall; to summon again, as persons

  2. Repeal(verb)

    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. Repeal(verb)

    to suppress; to repel

  4. Repeal(noun)

    recall, as from exile

  5. Repeal(noun)

    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 There are two basic types of repeal, a repeal with re-enactment of the repealed law, or a repeal without replacement.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 Repeal′able, that may be repealed.—ns.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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. repeal

    To formally or officially request to change or end an act, enactment, law, piece of legislation or statue by petition, a politician, local, regional or national government or council.

    The local business development council requested the local government repeal an old law indicating business rates that were no longer applicable in the current year.

    Submitted by MaryC on June 25, 2016  

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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. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz:

    Repeal every bit of ObamaCare.

  2. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi:

    Understand, repeal and delay is an act of cowardice.

  3. Jim Jordan:

    The way you get [a] bipartisan solution is first repeal it.

  4. Ted Cruz:

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

  5. Bill Nelson:

    Remember that the repeal of the individual mandate doesn't kick in until January 1, 2019.

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