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

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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Contemporary Examples of disclaim

Historical Examples of disclaim

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

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Sim was too eager to disclaim all knowledge of his lodger's doings.

  • She only laughed, and made no effort to disclaim the assertion.

  • I feel shame—bitter, bitter shame, that I cannot disclaim him—disavow him!

    Luttrell Of Arran

    Charles James Lever

  • But even at these times the rest of his person seemed to disclaim the intention.

    Heart of Darkness

    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for disclaim



(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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