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[ri-peel] /rɪˈpil/
verb (used with object)
to revoke or withdraw formally or officially:
to repeal a grant.
to revoke or annul (a law, tax, duty, etc.) by express legislative enactment; abrogate.
the act of repealing; revocation; abrogation.
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
2. nullify, abolish, rescind, invalidate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • He cut tariffs, repealed exchange controls, and welcomed foreign investors.
  • The ban was repealed after complaints over the law's severity.
  • After four months of criticism, state lawmakers repealed a pay raise they had given themselves in the middle of the night.
  • Pledges of future fiscal discipline have been made repeatedly in the past and are always repealed when push comes to shove.
  • Yet the laws of economics have not suddenly been repealed.
  • Public employees' unions are threatening to sue to have the law repealed.
  • Some say that they should not be repealed under threats.
  • The checkoff system should be expanded, not repealed.
  • Because right-wingers, oil interests, etc were able to get it repealed.
  • The notion that the business cycle had been repealed, say.
British Dictionary definitions for repealed


verb (transitive)
to annul or rescind officially (something previously ordered); revoke: these laws were repealed
(obsolete) to call back (a person) from exile
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


noun the Repeal
(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Word Origin and History for repealed



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 Related: Repealed; repealing.


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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