[ ri-peel ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to revoke or withdraw formally or officially: to repeal a grant.

  2. to revoke or annul (a law, tax, duty, etc.) by express legislative enactment; abrogate.

  1. the act of repealing; revocation; abrogation.

Origin of repeal

1275–1325; Middle English repelen<Anglo-French repeler, equivalent to re-re- + (a)peler to appeal

Other words for repeal

Other words from repeal

  • 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

Words Nearby repeal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use repeal in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for repeal (1 of 2)


/ (rɪˈpiːl) /

  1. to annul or rescind officially (something previously ordered); revoke: these laws were repealed

  2. obsolete to call back (a person) from exile

  1. an instance or the process of repealing; annulment

Origin of repeal

C14: from Old French repeler, from re- + apeler to call, appeal

Derived forms of repeal

  • repealable, adjective
  • repealer, noun

British Dictionary definitions for Repeal (2 of 2)


/ (rɪˈpiːl) /

nounthe Repeal
  1. (esp in the 19th century) the proposed dissolution of the Union between Great Britain and Ireland

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