Definition of repeal in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈpiːl/


[with object]
Revoke or annul (a law or act of parliament): the legislation was repealed five months later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  • Congress repealed the bankruptcy act in 1803 before its scheduled expiration.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, abrogate, annul, nullify, declare null and void, make void, void, invalidate, render invalid, quash, abolish, set aside, countermand, retract, withdraw, overrule, override;
Law  vacate, avoid
archaic recall
rare disannul


[mass noun]
The action of revoking or annulling a law or act of parliament: the House voted in favour 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, voiding, invalidation, quashing, abolition, abrogation, setting aside, countermanding, retraction, withdrawal, rescindment, overruling, overriding
archaic recall
rare rescission, disannulment



Pronunciation: /rɪˈpiːləb(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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