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[dis-uh-vou] /ˌdɪs əˈvaʊ/
verb (used with object)
to disclaim knowledge of, connection with, or responsibility for; disown; repudiate:
He disavowed the remark that had been attributed to him.
1350-1400; Middle English disavouen, desavouen < Anglo-French, Old French desavouer. See dis-1, avow
Related forms
disavowedly, adverb
disavower, noun
deny, reject, disclaim. Unabridged
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  • Through counsel they answered the complaint and disavowed any claim to the policy proceeds.
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  • He disavowed his previous statement because he said that he was under the influence at the time he gave it.
British Dictionary definitions for disavowed


(transitive) to deny knowledge of, connection with, or responsibility for
Derived Forms
disavowal, noun
disavowedly, adverb
disavower, noun
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Word Origin and History for disavowed



late 14c., from Old French desavouer (13c.), from des- "opposite of" (see dis-) + avouer (see avow). Related: Disavowed; disavowing.

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