Definition of repeal in English:


Syllabification: re·peal
Pronunciation: /riˈpēl


[with object]
  • Revoke or annul (a law or congressional act): the legislation was repealed five months later
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    • In other words, although Parliament was repealing the Stamp Act, it retained its right to govern America.
    • On February 7, 1865, newly-inaugurated governor Richard Oglesby signed the bill repealing the black laws.
    • Congress repealed the bankruptcy act in 1803 before its scheduled expiration.
    revoke, rescind, cancel, reverse, annul, nullify, declare null and void, quash, abolish; Law vacate
    formal abrogate
    archaic recall


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  • The action of revoking or annulling a law or congressional act: the House voted in favor of repeal
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    • Though many of the interest group representatives in favor of repeal indicated that the time for Glass-Steagall reform was urgent, legislators did not possess that same feeling of urgency.
    • As most professionals now understand, the recently enacted estate tax repeal means that there is no estate tax repeal.
    • We know that reasonable men and women with access to the same facts urged repeal of Prohibition, presumably because they weighted good and harm differently; in short, because they had different values.
    revocation, rescinding, cancellation, reversal, annulment, nullification, quashing, abolition
    formal abrogation
    archaic recall



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  • To prevent self-entrenching amendments, assume that the amendment will be repealable under currently-existing constitutional procedures and voting rules, even if it purports to change those procedures and rules.
  • They insist, and profess to believe, that treaties like acts of assembly, should be repealable at pleasure.


late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French repeler, from Old French re- (expressing reversal) + apeler 'to call, appeal'.

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