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[ri-sind] /rɪˈsɪnd/
verb (used with object)
to abrogate; annul; revoke; repeal.
to invalidate (an act, measure, etc.) by a later action or a higher authority.
Origin of rescind
1630-40; < Latin rescindere to tear off again, cut away, equivalent to re- re- + scindere to tear, divide, destroy
Related forms
rescindable, adjective
rescinder, noun
rescindment, noun
unrescinded, adjective
1. nullify; retract, withdraw. 2. countermand, repeal, veto. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rescind
  • rescind his memberships, excise his work from journals, reward the student whistle-blowers.
  • rescind his memberships, excise his work from journals, reward the student whistleblowers.
  • However, years later, your country decided to rescind this law so that dual citizenship became possible.
  • Indeed, one could say the other airlines are too proud to rescind any fees.
  • If the tribunal has any sense, it will rescind the subpoena and the threat of penalties that it implies.
  • Stipulations are voluntary, and one or other of the parties can simply rescind it.
  • However, if you waive your right to rescind, you must go ahead with the credit transaction.
  • To rescind earmarks for certain surface transportation projects, and for other purposes.
  • First, the employer can terminate his self-insurance and secondly the department can rescind self-insurance.
British Dictionary definitions for rescind


(transitive) to annul or repeal
Derived Forms
rescindable, adjective
rescinder, noun
rescindment, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin rēscindere to cut off, from re- (intensive) + scindere to cut
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Word Origin and History for rescind

1630s, from French rescinder "cut off, cancel" (15c.), and directly from Latin rescindere "to cut off, tear off, abolish," from re- "back" (see re-) + scindere "to cut, split" (see shed (v.)). Related: Rescinded; rescinding.

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