[ rev-uh-kuh-buhl or, often, ri-voh- ]
/ ˈrɛv ə kə bəl or, often, rɪˈvoʊ- /
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that may be revoked.
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Also re·vok·a·ble [ri-voh-kuh-buhl, rev-uh-]. /rɪˈvoʊ kə bəl, ˈrɛv ə-/.

Origin of revocable

From the Latin word revocābilis, dating back to 1490–1500. See revoke, -able


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What does revocable mean?

Revocable means able to be revoked—taken back, withdrawn, or cancelled.

Revoke and revocable are typically used in the context of officially taking back or cancelling some kind of right, status, or privilege that has already been given or approved. Passports and laws are revocable, for example.

Things that revocable are subject to revocation. The opposite of revocable is irrevocable.

Very rarely, revocable can also be spelled revokable.

Example: The principal reminded us that our privileges are revocable and will be taken away if there is any bad behavior.

Where does revocable come from?

The first records of the word revocable come from around 1500. Its base word, revoke, ultimately derives from the Latin verb revocāre, which means “to call back” or “to withdraw” and is a combination of re-, meaning “back” or “again,” and vocāre, “to call.” Vocāre is also the root of words like invoke, evoke, and provoke. The suffix -able makes it mean “able to be revoked.”

A right or privilege has to have been granted or approved in the first place for it to be revocable. The word is often used in a legal context to refer to certain rights or credentials being taken away, such as a driver’s license. If a person’s access or status is revocable, it means it can be cancelled if they break the rules or for other reasons. Some things, such as rights, are sometimes described as irrevocable—meaning they can never be legally taken away.

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What are some other forms of revocable?

  • revokable (rare alternate spelling)
  • revocably (adverb)
  • revocability (noun)
  • revocableness (noun)
  • nonrevocable (adjective)
  • revoke (verb)

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How is revocable used in real life?

Revocable is commonly used in serious and official contexts.



Try using revocable!

Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of revocable?

A. cancellable
B. rescindable
C. approvable
D. annulable

How to use revocable in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for revocable


revokable (rɪˈvəʊkəbəl)

/ (ˈrɛvəkəbəl) /

capable of being revoked; able to be cancelled

Derived forms of revocable

revocability or revokability, nounrevocably or revokably, adverb
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