[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. disciplinary,
  2. discipline,
  3. disciplined,
  4. discission,
  5. discitis,
  6. disclaimer,
  7. disclamation,
  8. disclamatory,
  9. disclimax,
  10. disclination

Origin of disclaim

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Anglo-French word disclaimer, desclamer. See dis-1, claim

Related formsun·dis·claimed, adjective

Can be confuseddeclaim disclaim

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British Dictionary definitions for disclaim


/ (dɪsˈkleɪm) /


(tr) to deny or renounce (any claim, connection, etc)
(tr) to deny the validity or authority of
law to renounce or repudiate (a legal claim or right)
Derived Formsdisclamation (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.

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