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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Examples from the web for rescinded
  • So getting a call downgraded or rescinded can be critical to staying in the game.
  • Most of those notices are now expected to be rescinded.
  • It is also patently absurd, since no one expects the bill's many provisions simply to be rescinded.
  • As part of the joint settlement, the lawsuit was dropped and any reprimand rescinded.
  • There are still a few earmarks that could be rescinded.
  • Foreign faculty spoke of maintaining foreign citizenship in case access to benefits was rescinded.
  • All non-secular laws dating from dictatorial days must either be revised or rescinded in totality.
  • Of course, once martial law is imposed, it will never be rescinded.
  • But six days later, she rescinded that resignation and the school district hired an attorney to investigate the allegations.
  • His offer was eventually rescinded because of budgetary problems at the other university.
British Dictionary definitions for rescinded


(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Word Origin and History for rescinded



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 Related: Rescinded; rescinding.

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