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[ri-pyoo-dee-eyt] /rɪˈpyu diˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), repudiated, repudiating.
to reject as having no authority or binding force:
to repudiate a claim.
to cast off or disown:
to repudiate a son.
to reject with disapproval or condemnation:
to repudiate a new doctrine.
to reject with denial:
to repudiate a charge as untrue.
to refuse to acknowledge and pay (a debt), as a state, municipality, etc.
Origin of repudiate
1535-45; < Latin repudiātus (past participle of repudiāre to reject, refuse), equivalent to repudi(um) a casting off, divorce (re- re- + pud(ere) to make ashamed, feel shame (see pudendum) + -ium -ium) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
repudiable, adjective
repudiative, adjective
repudiator, noun
nonrepudiable, adjective
nonrepudiative, adjective
unrepudiable, adjective
unrepudiated, adjective
unrepudiative, adjective
Can be confused
repudiate, refute, refudiate (see word story at refudiate)
1. disavow, renounce, discard, disclaim. 3. condemn, disapprove.
1. accept. 3. approve. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for repudiate
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  • Thus even in Ethics there is now perceptible in some quarters a tendency to repudiate the normative standpoint.

    The Group Mind William McDougall
  • Very likely she would be the first to repudiate half of what I have been saying.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • In the fact that she did repudiate her day and her condition lies the significance which you see, as I take it.

    Selina George Madden Martin
  • And as I loathe and hate it, so do I cast off and repudiate the name of Englishman.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • Then, whatever debts Ireland might incur England would have to pay, should Ireland repudiate them?

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
British Dictionary definitions for repudiate


verb (transitive)
to reject the authority or validity of; refuse to accept or ratify: Congress repudiated the treaty that the President had negotiated
to refuse to acknowledge or pay (a debt)
to cast off or disown (a son, lover, etc)
Derived Forms
repudiable, adjective
repudiation, noun
repudiative, adjective
repudiator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin repudiāre to put away, from repudium a separation, divorce, from re- + pudēre to be ashamed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for repudiate

1540s, "to cast off by divorce," from Latin repudiatus, past participle of repudiare "to cast off, put away, divorce, reject, scorn, disdain," from repudium "divorce, rejection, a putting away, dissolution of marriage," from re- "back, away" (see re-) + pudium, probably related to pes-/ped- "foot" [Barnhart]. If this is so, the original notion may be of kicking something away, but folk etymology commonly connects it with pudere "cause shame to." Of opinions, conduct, etc., "to refuse to acknowledge," attested from 1824. Earliest in English as an adjective meaning "divorced, rejected, condemned" (mid-15c.). Related: Repudiated; repudiating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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