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[dis-kleym] /dɪsˈkleɪm/
verb (used with object)
to deny or repudiate interest in or connection with; disavow; disown:
disclaiming all participation.
Law. to renounce a claim or right to.
to reject the claims or authority of.
verb (used without object)
Law. to renounce or repudiate a legal claim or right.
Obsolete. to disavow interest.
Origin of disclaim
late Middle English
First recorded in 1400-50; late Middle English word from Anglo-French word disclaimer, desclamer. See dis-1, claim
Related forms
undisclaimed, adjective
Can be confused
declaim, disclaim. Unabridged
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  • And the scandal in such a case may be avoided, by declaring that I do disclaim their use and ends.

    A Christian Directory Baxter Richard
  • He was beginning to disclaim all liability, when Siggers stopped him.

    Vice Versa F. Anstey
  • He need hardly "disclaim all pretensions to such jurisdiction."

  • He hastened to disclaim the extravagant generosity of which she accused him.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • I shall have to tell Don Ippolito that I'm ashamed of her, and disclaim all responsibility.

    A Foregone Conclusion William Dean Howells
  • I feel shame—bitter, bitter shame, that I cannot disclaim him—disavow him!

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • He does not say by whom, but he seems to disclaim it as his own.

  • There had been no scenes, and as she spoke he shook his head, intending to disclaim them.

    Is He Popenjoy? Anthony Trollope
  • In fine, we disclaim all prejudice against the French nation.

    Woman in the Nineteenth Century Margaret Fuller Ossoli
British Dictionary definitions for disclaim


(transitive) to deny or renounce (any claim, connection, etc)
(transitive) to deny the validity or authority of
(law) to renounce or repudiate (a legal claim or right)
Derived Forms
disclamation (ˌdɪskləˈmeɪʃən) noun
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Word Origin and History for disclaim

c.1400, from Anglo-French disclaimer, Old French desclamer "disclaim, disavow," from des- (see dis-) + clamer "to call, cry out, claim" (see claim (v.)). Related: Disclaimed; disclaiming.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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