Repeal definition

rĭ-pēl
To withdraw officially or formally; revoke; cancel; annul.

Repeal a law.

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To repeal is defined as to formally withdraw, or to take something back.

An example of to repeal is to reverse a law.

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The annullment of an existing law by the enactment of a new law. If the new law declares the old law to be revoked, the repeal is express. If the new law has provisions that contradict the old law so that both cannot logically exist together, the new law takes precedence and the repeal is implied. The act of annulling a law.
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To repeal a law.

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To recall; to summon (a person) again.
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The definition of a repeal is the act of taking something back.

An example of a repeal is the process of cancelling a law.

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To suppress; to repel.
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An act or instance of repealing.
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(obs.) To call back, as from exile.
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To revoke or rescind, especially by the action of a legislature.
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(obsolete) To summon back or recall, especially from exile.
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The act or process of repealing.
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The act of repealing; revocation; abrogation.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
repeal
Plural:
repeals

Origin of repeal

  • Middle English repelen, repealen from Anglo-Norman repeler alteration of Old French rapeler re- re- apeler to appeal appeal

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin repellō (“drive or thrust back"), from re and pellō (“push or strike")

    From Wiktionary