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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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  • Should she after all fail to lead him by the hand forward again into those fair and untrodden fields of life, all was rescinded.

    The Tower of Oblivion Oliver Onions
  • I demanded that his order should be rescinded; but he was haughty and impudent in his manner.

    Dikes and Ditches Oliver Optic
  • This action has been since rescinded in some way, only the word "white" being stricken out.

  • The death sentence was rescinded, of course, pending this new trial.

    A German Pompadour Marie Hay
  • Leading citizens of Cork came to beg that this order be rescinded.

    A Straight Deal Owen Wister
British Dictionary definitions for rescinded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Word Origin and History for rescinded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 Related: Rescinded; rescinding.

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