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repeal Syllabification: re·peal
Pronunciation: /rəˈpēl/

Definition of repeal in English:


[with object]
Revoke or annul (a law or congressional act): the legislation was repealed five months later
More example sentences
  • 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  • Congress repealed the bankruptcy act in 1803 before its scheduled expiration.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


Pronunciation: /rəˈpēləb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • 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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