repeal

[ri-peel]
verb (used with object)
1.
to revoke or withdraw formally or officially: to repeal a grant.
2.
to revoke or annul (a law, tax, duty, etc.) by express legislative enactment; abrogate.
noun
3.
the act of repealing; revocation; abrogation.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English repelen < Anglo-French repeler, equivalent to re- re- + (a)peler to appeal

repealability, repealableness, noun
repealable, adjective
repealer, noun
nonrepealable, adjective
unrepealability, noun
unrepealable, adjective
unrepealed, adjective


2. nullify, abolish, rescind, invalidate.
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repeal (rɪˈpiːl)
 
vb
1.  to annul or rescind officially (something previously ordered); revoke: these laws were repealed
2.  obsolete to call back (a person) from exile
 
n
3.  an instance or the process of repealing; annulment
 
[C14: from Old French repeler, from re- + apeler to call, appeal]
 
re'pealable
 
adj
 
re'pealer
 
n

Repeal (rɪˈpiːl)
 
n
(esp in the 19th century) the proposed dissolution of the Union between Great Britain and Ireland

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repeal
c.1300, from Anglo-Fr. repeler (O.Fr. rapeler) "call back, revoke," from re- "back" + apeler "to call" (see appeal). The noun is attested from late 15c.
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Example sentences
And yet it is uncertain whether a repeal of the law would do anything to calm separatist leaders and their followers.
Surprisingly, political opposition has been tepid and there has never been a concerted repeal effort.
They did not repeal the tsarist decrees guaranteeing religious freedom.
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