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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A repudiation or denial of responsibility or connection.
  • n. Law A renunciation of one's right or claim.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who disclaims, disowns, or renounces.
  • n. A public disavowal, as of pretensions, claims, opinions, and the like.
  • n. A denial, disavowal, or renunciation, as of a title, claim, interest, estate, or trust; relinquishment or waiver of an interest or estate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who disclaims, disowns, or renounces.
  • n. A denial, disavowal, or renunciation, as of a title, claim, interest, estate, or trust; relinquishment or waiver of an interest or estate.
  • n. A public disavowal, as of pretensions, claims, opinions, and the like.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A person who disclaims, disowns, or renounces.
  • n. The act of disclaiming; denial of pretensions or claims.
  • n. In law: Of a trust or estate: a refusal to accept; a renunciation, as by one named executor in a will.
  • n. A plea in equity, or an answer under the code practice, by a defendant, renouncing all claim upon or interest in the subject of the demand made by the plaintiff, and thus barring the action as against him.
  • n. An express or implied denial by a tenant that he holds an estate of his lord; a denial of tenure, by plea or otherwise.
  • n. An instrument executed by a patentee abandoning a part of his claim of invention. By this means a patent may be saved which otherwise would be void because too comprehensive.
  • n. In heraldry: A proclamation or announcement made by English heralds, during their regular visitations, of such persons as were found claiming or using armorial bearings to which they had no right. The record of such a proclamation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. denial of any connection with or knowledge of
  • n. (law) a voluntary repudiation of a person's legal claim to something

Etymologies

Middle English, denial of a feudal claim, from Anglo-Norman desclaimer, to disclaim, denial of a feudal claim; see disclaim.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
disclaim +‎ -er (Etymology 5); from Anglo-Norman disclaimer, from Old French desclamer (Wiktionary)

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