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repudiation

[ri-pyoo-dee-ey-shuh n] /rɪˌpyu diˈeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of repudiating.
2.
the state of being repudiated.
3.
refusal, as by a state or municipality, to pay a lawful debt.
Origin of repudiation
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin repudiātiōn- (stem of repudiātiō), equivalent to repudiāt(us) (see repudiate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
repudiatory
[ri-pyoo-dee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /rɪˈpyu di əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
nonrepudiation, noun
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  • Third: The repudiation of the rebel debt and the assumption of the proper proportion of the national debts and obligations.

  • A great cry of repudiation and horror burst from the lips of Alvarado.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • It is gratifying to learn that the United States are never going to 'consent' to the repudiation of the Monroe doctrine again.

    Stephen A. Douglas Allen Johnson
  • And there is no repudiation like that of ——, and none like the pretended one of ——.

  • Hume and Holbach had much in common intellectually, although the latter was far more thoroughgoing in his repudiation of Theism.

    Baron d'Holbach Max Pearson Cushing
Word Origin and History for repudiation
n.

1540s, "divorce" (of a woman by a man), from Latin repudiationem (nominative repudiatio) "a rejection, refusal," noun of action from past participle stem of repudiare (see repudiate). Meaning "action of disowning" is from 1840s.

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