Definitions

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

  • transitive verb To make void; repeal or annul.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To cut off; cut short; remove.
  • To abrogate; revoke; annul; vacate, as an act, by the enacting authority or by superior authority: as, to rescind a law, a resolution, or a vote; to rescind an edict or decree; to rescind a judgment.
  • To avoid (a voidable contract).

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

  • transitive verb To cut off; to abrogate; to annul.
  • transitive verb Specifically, to vacate or make void, as an act, by the enacting authority or by superior authority; to repeal

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

  • verb transitive To repeal, annul, or declare void; to take (something such as a rule or contract) out of effect.

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

  • verb cancel officially

Etymologies

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

[Latin rescindere : re-, re- + scindere, to split; see skei- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From the Latin rescindō ("I cut back"), from re- ("back") + scindō ("I cut").

Examples

  • In each instance, the executive order should by its terms rescind any conflicting previous order - none of which have been made public and remain secret to this day.

    chicagotribune.com -

  • I think the word of the morning is "rescind"--I just heard it on a fund drive for an NPR radio station.

    New York City

  • Now, if you went to Notre Dame instead, you wouldn't even have an offer to rescind, which is the new killing it. guest, Apr 17, 2009 7: 13PM

    Dealbreaker

  • But earlier this year, he asked the company to "rescind" his resignation, saying that he was perfectly healthy, and instead was forced out of the company on false allegations that he had done business with an individual with possible gangster ties.

    Fujitsu's Ex-President Goes Public

  • But earlier this year, he asked the company to "rescind" his resignation, saying that he was perfectly healthy, and instead was forced out of the company on false allegations that he had done business with an individual with possible gangster ties.

    Fujitsu's Ex-President Details Damages

  • The request came after a lawyer for one-time Fujitsu president Kuniaki Nozoe said he wanted to "rescind" his September resignation, and requested that Fujitsu convene a board meeting to discuss with him the circumstances of his departure At the time, the company said Mr. Nozoe was stepping down for health reasons.

    TSE Asks Fujitsu to Review Explanation of President's Resignation

  • The request came after a lawyer for one-time Fujitsu president Kuniaki Nozoe said he wanted to "rescind" his September resignation, and requested that Fujitsu convene a board meeting to discuss with him the circumstances of his departure At the time, the company said Mr. Nozoe was stepping down for health reasons.

    TSE Asks Fujitsu to Review Explanation of President's Resignation

  • But earlier this year, he asked the company to "rescind" his resignation, saying that he was perfectly healthy, and instead was forced out of the company on false allegations that he had done business with an individual with possible gangster ties.

    Fujitsu's Ex-President Goes Public

  • The request came after a lawyer for one-time Fujitsu president Kuniaki Nozoe said he wanted to "rescind" his September resignation, and requested that Fujitsu convene a board meeting to discuss with him the circumstances of his departure At the time, the company said Mr. Nozoe was stepping down for health reasons.

    TSE Asks Fujitsu to Review Explanation of President's Resignation

  • But earlier this year, he asked the company to "rescind" his resignation, saying that he was perfectly healthy, and instead was forced out of the company on false allegations that he had done business with an individual with possible gangster ties.

    Fujitsu's Ex-President Goes Public

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