[ ri-peel ]
/ rɪˈpil /

verb (used with object)

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.

Origin of repeal

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

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British Dictionary definitions for repeal (1 of 2)

/ (rɪˈpiːl) /

verb (tr)

to annul or rescind officially (something previously ordered); revokethese laws were repealed
obsolete to call back (a person) from exile


an instance or the process of repealing; annulment

Derived forms of repeal

repealable, adjectiverepealer, noun

Word Origin for repeal

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

British Dictionary definitions for repeal (2 of 2)

/ (rɪˈpiːl) /

noun the Repeal

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