Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To deny or renounce any claim to or connection with; disown.
  • transitive v. To deny the validity of; repudiate.
  • transitive v. Law To renounce one's right or claim to.
  • intransitive v. Law To renounce a right or claim.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To renounce all claim to; to deny ownership of or responsibility for; to disown; to disavow; to reject.
  • v. To deny, as a claim; to refuse.
  • v. To relinquish or deny having a claim; to disavow another's claim; to decline accepting, as an estate, interest, or office.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To renounce all claim to deny; ownership of, or responsibility for; to disown; to disavow; to reject.
  • transitive v. To deny, as a claim; to refuse.
  • transitive v. To relinquish or deny having a claim; to disavow another's claim; to decline accepting, as an estate, interest, or office.
  • transitive v. To disavow or renounce all part, claim, or share.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To deny or relinquish all claim to; reject as not belonging to one's self; renounce: as, he disclaims any riġht to interfere in the affairs of his neighbor; he disclaims all pretension to military skill.
  • To deny responsibility for or approval of; disavow; disown; deny.
  • To refuse to acknowledge; renounce; reject.
  • In law, to decline accepting, as an estate, interest, or office.
  • In heraldry, to subject to a disclaimer; declare not to be entitled to bear the arms assumed. See disclaimer, 4.
  • To disavow all claim, part, or share: with in.

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

  • v. make a disclaimer about
  • v. renounce a legal claim or title to

Etymologies

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

Middle English disclaimen, from Anglo-Norman desclaimer : des-, dis- + claimer, to claim (from Latin clāmāre, to cry out; see claim).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Anglo-Norman disclaimer, from Old French desclamer (French: déclamer), des- + clamer.

Examples

  • [1894] Padua in Italy they have a stone called the stone of turpitude, near the senate-house, where spendthrifts, and such as disclaim non-payment of debts, do sit with their hinder parts bare, that by that note of disgrace others may be terrified from all such vain expense, or borrowing more than they can tell how to pay.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • At the same time, more people are opting for plans that allow their heirs to "disclaim," or decline, part of their inheritance, thereby reducing their estate.

    Families Rethink

  • And finally, if an intellectual property right holder wants to "disclaim" or "waive" her rights, what business is it of WIPOs?

    - Boing Boing

  • The City Council will consider a resolution Monday to "disclaim" the deed transfer.

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  • "By their own admission in the words of their signed contracts with government agencies, voting machine vendors" disclaim "or refuse to stand behind their products.

    Armed Madhouse and the huge task ahead of us

  • One third of those who disclaim all religious affiliation this year will report some affiliation next year, and their departure will be offset by people who claimed a religious affiliation this year, but next year will report none.

    American Grace

  • Though not visible in that figure, the same applies to the religion/no-religion line; that is, the frequency of marriages between people with some religious identity and people who disclaim any religious identity.

    American Grace

  • This is just as true among Americans with graduate degrees as it is among high school dropouts, as true in the secular Northeast as in the devout Deep South, and equally true at all ages, among all races, and in all religious traditions, including those who disclaim all formal religious affiliation!

    American Grace

  • The protesters aren't ideologues and most disclaim membership in either political parties or unions, though some of the strategic and organizational backbone of the movement has come from a recently formed political group called ¡Democracia Real YA!

    Ellen Freudenheim: 15 Mayo: What Will It Mean for U.S. Youth Election Year Activism?

  • People who disclaim are generally treated as if they had died before the person making the gift.

    Rich Folks Seek To Undo 2010 Taxable Gifts

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  • the towel

    dryly disclaims that fierce troll faces lurk

    in its explicit folds

    from "Tale of a Tub," by Sylvia Plath

    April 14, 2008