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[dis-uh-vou-uh l] /ˌdɪs əˈvaʊ əl/
a disowning; repudiation; denial.
Origin of disavowal
1740-50; disavow + -al2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The commission was followed by a copy of the notary's oath of office which consisted of a disavowal of polygamy.
  • Certainly a summary and unilateral disavowal by the defendant does not itself negate a stipulation.
  • Conduct itself does not contain any disclaimer or other disavowal of the formation of a contract with each of its employees.
  • There has never in this state been doubt or disavowal of the principle itself.
  • Accordingly, the lower appellate court's disavowal of the presumption of innocence was harmless error in this case.
  • The witness's response was not intended as a disavowal of any earlier admissions.
  • Frequently, disavowal of a feudal bond was considered a felony.
Word Origin and History for disavowal

1748; see disavow + -al (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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