Definition of disavowal in English:


Line breaks: dis|avowal
Pronunciation: /ˌdɪsəˈvaʊəl


[mass noun]
  • The denial of any responsibility or support for something; repudiation: his disavowal of his previous writings [count noun]: they know this, despite their disavowals
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    • Some people cope by denial or disavowal, making open communication less appropriate in the earlier stages.
    • Such disavowals always remind me of Henry Kissinger's line that when a state denies it intends to take a course of action, it is signalling to others that it has the capacity to take such action if it wishes.
    • I heard many comments about people being of equal value and of not liking anyone who ‘thinks they are better than I am,’ but I also heard frequent disavowals about economic equality.
    denial, disowning, disclaimer; rejection, repudiation, contradiction, rebuttal; renunciation, eschewal, casting off/aside, abandonment

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