to revoke or withdraw formally or officially: to repeal a grant.
to revoke or annul (a law, tax, duty, etc.) by express legislative enactment; abrogate.
the act of repealing; revocation; abrogation.
- re·peal·a·bil·i·ty, re·peal·a·ble·ness, noun
- re·peal·a·ble, adjective
- re·peal·er, noun
- non·re·peal·a·ble, adjective
- un·re·peal·a·bil·i·ty, noun
- un·re·peal·a·ble, adjective
- un·re·pealed, adjective
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How to use repeal in a sentence
Section I of the proposed BREATHE ACT calls for the repeal of the 1033 program in its entirety.New Studies Say Demilitarizing Police Departments Does Not Increase Crime | Kirsten West Savali | December 11, 2020 | Essence.com
The repeal of Section 230 may actually make it through the entire legislative process.How will tech’s biggest policy fights play out in 2021? This VC has some predictions | Lucinda Shen | December 11, 2020 | Fortune
There are legitimate reasons to repeat the history of repeal, now with cannabis—especially after policymakers have deemed dispensaries essential in state after state.Congress should legalize cannabis now—for the economy and for social justice | matthewheimer | December 3, 2020 | Fortune
That repeal looks increasingly likely given the way things currently stand.Why the Supreme Court vacancy could spell bad news for the health care industry | reymashayekhi | September 24, 2020 | Fortune
The repeal ordinance, if it passes the committee, will then go before the entire City Council for a vote.SDPD Says it Will Stop Enforcing Seditious Language Law | Kate Nucci | August 17, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Despite the financial remedy, partial repeal of the screen quota has imperiled the domestic market.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea | Rich Goldstein | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Affordable Care Act is safely embedded, with repeal unlikely even with a freshly minted Republican Senate.
That should include an alternative to Obamacare, and not just a repeal.
The Republican Senate would "do everything humanly possibly to repeal Obamacare," Cruz promised.
He wants to repeal Obamacare, and he wants to be confrontational.Can Obama and a Republican Senate Find Common Ground? | Eleanor Clift | November 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The League Oracle admits that "a repeal would injure the farmer, but not so much as he fears."
In spite of this change, Parliament refused to repeal the three pence duty tax on tea which still had to be paid by the colonists.
In spite of this repeal, friction between colonial legislatures and royal Governors continued.
On the other hand, several attempts have been made to repeal the general poll tax.
He asked, what was meant by the watch-word of repeal of the union between Great Britain and Ireland.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. | E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
British Dictionary definitions for repeal (1 of 2)
to annul or rescind officially (something previously ordered); revoke: these laws were repealed
obsolete to call back (a person) from exile
an instance or the process of repealing; annulment
- repealable, adjective
- repealer, noun
British Dictionary definitions for Repeal (2 of 2)
(esp in the 19th century) the proposed dissolution of the Union between Great Britain and Ireland
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