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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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  • Then he flung a hand out at Rotherby in a gesture of repudiation, of anathema.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • A great cry of repudiation and horror burst from the lips of Alvarado.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • And there is no repudiation like that of ——, and none like the pretended one of ——.

  • Now in the case of your repudiation I understand all about it.

  • It is but the first step in repudiation, thought the people.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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