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

  • transitive v. To revoke or rescind, especially by an official or formal act.
  • transitive v. Obsolete To summon back or recall, especially from exile.
  • n. The act or process of repealing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cancel, invalidate, annul.
  • n. An act or instance of repealing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Recall, as from exile.
  • n. Revocation; abrogation
  • transitive v. To recall; to summon again, as persons.
  • transitive v. To recall, as a deed, will, law, or statute; to revoke; to rescind or abrogate by authority, as by act of the legislature.
  • transitive v. To suppress; to repel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To call back; recall, as from banishment, exile, or disgrace.
  • To give up; dismiss.
  • To revoke; abrogate, as a law or statute: it usually implies a recalling of the act by the power that made or enacted it.
  • Synonyms Annul, Rescind, etc. See abolish, and list under abrogate.
  • n. Recall, as from exile.
  • n. The act of repealing; revocation; abrogation: as, the repeal of a statute.
  • n. Synonyms See abolish.

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

  • n. the act of abrogating; an official or legal cancellation
  • v. cancel officially


Middle English repelen, repealen, from Anglo-Norman repeler, alteration of Old French rapeler : re-, re- + apeler, to appeal; see appeal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin repellō ("drive or thrust back"), from re and pellō ("push or strike") (Wiktionary)


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