What does repudiate mean?

Definitions for repudiaterɪˈpyu diˌeɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word repudiate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. disown, renounce, repudiate(verb)

    cast off

    "She renounced her husband"; "The parents repudiated their son"

  2. repudiate(verb)

    refuse to acknowledge, ratify, or recognize as valid

    "The woman repudiated the divorce settlement"

  3. repudiate(verb)

    refuse to recognize or pay

    "repudiate a debt"

  4. repudiate(verb)

    reject as untrue, unfounded, or unjust

    "She repudiated the accusations"


  1. repudiate(Verb)

    To reject the truth or validity of something; to deny.

  2. repudiate(Verb)

    To refuse to have anything to do with; to disown.

  3. repudiate(Verb)

    To refuse to pay or honor (a debt).

  4. Origin: From repudio, from repudium

Webster Dictionary

  1. Repudiate(verb)

    to cast off; to disavow; to have nothing to do with; to renounce; to reject

  2. Repudiate(verb)

    to divorce, put away, or discard, as a wife, or a woman one has promised to marry

  3. Repudiate(verb)

    to refuse to acknowledge or to pay; to disclaim; as, the State has repudiated its debts

  4. Origin: [L. repudiatus, p. p. of repudiare to repudiate, reject, fr. repudium separation, divorce; pref. re- re- + pudere to be ashamed.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Repudiate

    rē-pū′di-āt, v.t. to reject: to disclaim, as liability for debt: to disavow: to divorce.—adj. Repū′diable, that may be repudiated: fit to be rejected.—ns. Repudiā′tion, the act of repudiating: rejection: an unprincipled method for the extinction of a debt by simply refusing to acknowledge the obligation: the state of being repudiated; Repudiā′tionist; Repū′diātor. [L. repudiāre, -ātumrepudiumre-, away, pudēre, to be ashamed.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of repudiate in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of repudiate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

    I call on the French government to publicly repudiate the miserable statement and miserable action by a company that is under its partial ownership.

  2. Eldridge Cleaver:

    If a man like Malcolm X could change and repudiate racism, if I myself and other former Muslims can change, if young whites can change, then there is hope for America.

  3. Reddit CEO Steve Huffman:

    An approach like this allows us as a company to repudiate content we don't want to associate with the business, but gives individuals freedom to consume it if they choose.

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