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[rev-uh-key-shuh n]
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  1. the act of revoking; annulment.
  2. Law. nullification or withdrawal, especially of an offer to contract.
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Origin of revocation

1375–1425; late Middle English revocacion < Latin revocātiōn- (stem of revocātiō) a calling back, equivalent to revocāt(us) (past participle of revocāre to revoke) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsrev·o·ca·tive [rev-uh-key-tiv, ri-vok-uh-] /ˈrɛv əˌkeɪ tɪv, rɪˈvɒk ə-/, rev·o·ca·to·ry [rev-uh-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈrɛv ə kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivenon·rev·o·ca·tion, noun
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  1. the act of revoking or state of being revoked; cancellation
    1. the cancellation or annulment of a legal instrument, esp a will
    2. the withdrawal of an offer, power of attorney, etc
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Derived Formsrevocatory (ˈrɛvəkətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective
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Word Origin and History for revocation


early 15c., from Old French revocacion or directly from Latin revocationem (nominative revocatio) "a calling back, recalling," noun of action from past participle stem of revocare (see revoke).

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