Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of repudiating or the state of being repudiated.
  • noun The refusal, especially by public authorities, to acknowledge a contract or debt.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of repudiating, or the state of being repudiated.
  • noun Rejection; disavowal or renunciation of a right or an obligation, as of a debt; specifically, refusal by a state or municipality to pay a debt lawfully contracted. Repudiation of a debt implies that the debt is just, and that its payment is denied, not because of sufficient legal defense, but to take advantage of the rule that a sovereign state cannot be sued by individuals.
  • noun Eccles., the refusal to accept a benefice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of repudiating, or the state of being repuddiated
  • noun One who favors repudiation, especially of a public debt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of refusing to accept; the act of repudiating.

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

  • noun rejecting or disowning or disclaiming as invalid
  • noun the exposure of falseness or pretensions
  • noun refusal to acknowledge or pay a debt or honor a contract (especially by public authorities)

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Examples

  • Is anyone reading the entrails of the rollout whether repudiation is a stake in the ground on 1.20.09 or is there accountability for past lawlessness?

    No Exceptions | ATTACKERMAN

  • This repudiation is expressed with equal severity in the trilogy of novels on which Upward worked after he dropped from view, before the Second World War.

    The Captive Mind

  • This repudiation is expressed with equal severity in the trilogy of novels on which Upward worked after he dropped from view, before the Second World War.

    The Captive Mind

  • This repudiation is for political reasons only ..... everyone can see this coming.

    McCain officially rejects Hagee endorsement

  • In my book I rail against the hiatus between what I call the repudiation of a sitting president (think of Carter and George H.W. Bush) and the inauguration of his successor, which offers the opportunity for the repudiated president nonetheless to make mischief for his successor.

    Balkinization

  • Missing from this account are the bitter events of last December 10th, the increase in the so-called repudiation rallies, the harassment of several opponents, and the use of physical violence against many of them.

    Yoani Sanchez: What Did You Do When They Came For The Nonconformist?

  • Sunday's term was repudiation, which is defined as:

    Define That Term #96

  • The minister stressed he had never done or said anything that could be described as a repudiation of the parliamentary committee chair.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • It is perverse, for it would in any case entail the repudiation by Russia of its own distinctive culture, history, and “soul.”

    Out of Control

  • And more recently Texas rejected the Democratic-appointed senator in what some people, such as Senator Gramm, characterized as repudiation of you and your policies.

    Texas Press Availability

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