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repeal

[ri-peel] /rɪˈpil/
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
1275-1325; Middle English repelen < Anglo-French repeler, equivalent to re- re- + (a)peler to appeal
Related forms
repealability, repealableness, noun
repealable, adjective
repealer, noun
nonrepealable, adjective
unrepealability, noun
unrepealable, adjective
unrepealed, adjective
Synonyms
2. nullify, abolish, rescind, invalidate.
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Examples from the web for repealed
  • He cut tariffs, repealed exchange controls, and welcomed foreign investors.
  • The ban was repealed after complaints over the law's severity.
  • After four months of criticism, state lawmakers repealed a pay raise they had given themselves in the middle of the night.
  • Pledges of future fiscal discipline have been made repeatedly in the past and are always repealed when push comes to shove.
  • Yet the laws of economics have not suddenly been repealed.
  • Public employees' unions are threatening to sue to have the law repealed.
  • Some say that they should not be repealed under threats.
  • The checkoff system should be expanded, not repealed.
  • Because right-wingers, oil interests, etc were able to get it repealed.
  • The notion that the business cycle had been repealed, say.
British Dictionary definitions for repealed

repeal

/rɪˈpiːl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to annul or rescind officially (something previously ordered); revoke: these laws were repealed
2.
(obsolete) to call back (a person) from exile
noun
3.
an instance or the process of repealing; annulment
Derived Forms
repealable, adjective
repealer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French repeler, from re- + apeler to call, appeal

Repeal

/rɪˈpiːl/
noun the Repeal
1.
(esp in the 19th century) the proposed dissolution of the Union between Great Britain and Ireland
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Word Origin and History for repealed

repeal

v.

late 14c., from Anglo-French repeler, Old French rapeler "call back, call in, call after, revoke" (Modern French rappeler), from re- "back" (see re-) + apeler "to call" (see appeal (v.)). Related: Repealed; repealing.

n.

late 15c., from repeal (v.), or from Anglo-French repel, Old French rapel (Modern French rappel) "a recall appeal," back-formation from rapeler.

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