[ ri-nuhn-see-ey-shuhn, -shee- ]
/ rɪˌnʌn siˈeɪ ʃən, -ʃi- /
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an act or instance of relinquishing, abandoning, repudiating, or sacrificing something, as a right, title, person, or ambition: the king's renunciation of the throne.



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Origin of renunciation

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin renūnciātiōn- (stem of renūnciātiō) proclamation, equivalent to renūnciāt(us) (past participle of renūntiāre to renounce) + -iōn--ion

OTHER WORDS FROM renunciation

re·nun·ci·a·tive, re·nun·ci·a·to·ry [ri-nuhn-see-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -shee-uh-], /rɪˈnʌn si əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, -ʃi ə-/, adjectivenon·re·nun·ci·a·tion, nounun·re·nun·ci·a·tive, adjectiveun·re·nun·ci·a·to·ry, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for renunciation

/ (rɪˌnʌnsɪˈeɪʃən) /


the act or an instance of renouncing
a formal declaration renouncing something
stock exchange the surrender to another of the rights to buy new shares in a rights issue

Derived forms of renunciation

renunciative or renunciatory, adjective

Word Origin for renunciation

C14: from Latin renunciātiō a declaration, from renuntiāre to report, renounce
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