American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To deny or contradict. See Synonyms at deny.
- v. Law To repudiate.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To deny; contradict.
- In law, to overthrow or annul, as in the reversal of a judicial decision, or where one, having made a contract while an infant, repudiates it after coming of age.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To assert the contrary of; to contradict; to deny; -- said of that which has been asserted.
- v. (Law) To refuse to confirm; to annul, as a judicial decision, by a contrary judgment of a superior tribunal.
- dis- + affirm (Wiktionary)
“As a Christian I can affirm an experience of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit (or Creator, Creation and Creating, or Love, Loving and Lover) without having to disaffirm the traditions and experiences of my neighbor, whatever his or her faith or non-faith.”
“The Obama administration should disaffirm the recent DOL guidance and clarify that fiduciaries have the right - indeed, the obligation - to take ESG factors into account when they determine such factors to be material to investment performance and beneficial to retirement plan beneficiaries.”
“The incoming Department of Labor (DOL) should take immediate steps to disaffirm and reverse two interpretive bulletins issued by the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) on October 17, 2008 relating to fiduciary standards for employee retirement plans under ERISA.”
“Enquiring minds want to know -- where did he learn "disaffirm?”
“If you say, "I accept what is good and disaffirm the bad", what standard do you use to judge which parts are good and which bad?”
“Four days later, Mr. Sjoblom told the Securities and Exchange Commission in an email that he was resigning from the case and that he and his law firm "disaffirm all prior oral and written representations" regarding Stanford Financial Group and its affiliates, according to an SEC court filing.”
“He sent a note to the SEC in which he said, "I disaffirm all prior oral and written representations made by me and my associates to the SEC staff regarding Stanford Financial Group and its affiliates.”
“One might well ask, as Al III loudly has: How can Al junior revoke — or, as he says, “disaffirm” — something that is irrevocable?”
“With some exceptions, minors are typically allowed to disaffirm a contract entered into as a minor.”
“And the Court shall, in like manner, confirm or disaffirm their report; supersede them, or any of them, and appoint others in their stead; or direct another view and report to be made as often as may be necessary.”
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