- to revoke or withdraw formally or officially: to repeal a grant.
- to revoke or annul (a law, tax, duty, etc.) by express legislative enactment; abrogate.
- the act of repealing; revocation; abrogation.
Origin of repeal
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Examples from the Web for repeal
The Affordable Care Act is safely embedded, with repeal unlikely even with a freshly minted Republican Senate.Obama’s One Hand Clap With Castro
December 24, 2014
That should include an alternative to Obamacare, and not just a repeal.Voters Remind D.C. That the Economy Still Sucks
November 6, 2014
The Republican Senate would "do everything humanly possibly to repeal Obamacare," Cruz promised.In Texas, Cruz, Perry Crow Over GOP Rout
November 5, 2014
He wants to repeal Obamacare, and he wants to be confrontational.Can Obama and a Republican Senate Find Common Ground?
November 4, 2014
Ohio governor and smart money 2016 GOP hopeful just complimented Obamacare, and said a repeal isn't happening.John Kasich’s Unforgivable Truth About Obamacare
October 21, 2014
Several attempts have been made to repeal it but unsuccessfully.
To repeal the act of 1887 limiting the inheritance of personal property.
It was in this tavern that the repeal of the Stamp Act was celebrated, 1767.Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times
Charles Carleton Coffin
In my opinion, it was not the intention of the legislature to repeal it.The Paliser case
Repeal, do we also delight in—Three cheers for the "gem of the sea!"The Liberty Minstrel
George W. Clark
- to annul or rescind officially (something previously ordered); revokethese laws were repealed
- obsolete to call back (a person) from exile
- an instance or the process of repealing; annulment
- (esp in the 19th century) the proposed dissolution of the Union between Great Britain and Ireland
Word Origin and History for repeal
late 15c., from repeal (v.), or from Anglo-French repel, Old French rapel (Modern French rappel) "a recall appeal," back-formation from rapeler.