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/ rɪˈpyu diˌeɪt /
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verb (used with object), re·pu·di·at·ed, re·pu·di·at·ing.

to reject as having no authority or binding force: to repudiate a claim.
to cast off or disown: to repudiate a son.
to reject with disapproval or condemnation: to repudiate a new doctrine.
to reject with denial: to repudiate a charge as untrue.
to refuse to acknowledge and pay (a debt), as a state, municipality, etc.



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Origin of repudiate

First recorded in 1535–45; from Latin repudiātus (past participle of repudiāre “to reject, refuse”), equivalent to repudi(um) “a casting off, divorce” (re- re- + pud(ere) “to make ashamed, feel shame” (see pudendum) + -ium noun suffix ) + -ātus past participle sufffix; see -ium, -ate1
repudiate , refute, refudiate (see word story at refudiate)
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British Dictionary definitions for repudiate

/ (rɪˈpjuːdɪˌeɪt) /

verb (tr)

to reject the authority or validity of; refuse to accept or ratifyCongress repudiated the treaty that the President had negotiated
to refuse to acknowledge or pay (a debt)
to cast off or disown (a son, lover, etc)
repudiable, adjectiverepudiation, nounrepudiative, adjectiverepudiator, noun
C16: from Latin repudiāre to put away, from repudium a separation, divorce, from re- + pudēre to be ashamed
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