[ ri-pyoo-dee-eyt ]
/ rɪˈpyu diˌeɪt /
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
OTHER WORDS FROM repudiate
re·pu·di·a·ble, adjectivere·pu·di·a·tive, adjectivere·pu·di·a·tor, nounnon·re·pu·di·a·ble, adjective
non·re·pu·di·a·tive, adjectiveun·re·pu·di·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·pu·di·at·ed, adjectiveun·re·pu·di·a·tive, adjective
Words nearby repudiate
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British Dictionary definitions for repudiative
/ (rɪˈpjuːdɪˌeɪt) /
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)
Derived forms of repudiaterepudiable, adjectiverepudiation, nounrepudiative, adjectiverepudiator, noun
Word Origin for repudiate
C16: from Latin repudiāre to put away, from repudium a separation, divorce, from re- + pudēre to be ashamed
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