[ rev-uh-key-shuhn ]
/ ˌrɛv əˈkeɪ ʃən /
Save This Word!

the act of revoking; annulment.
Law. nullification or withdrawal, especially of an offer to contract.
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

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


rev·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

Words nearby revocation

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023


What does revocation mean?

Revocation is the withdrawal or cancellation of something.

Revocation is a noun form of the verb revoke, which means to take back, withdraw, or cancel. Revoke and revocation 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 subject to revocation, for example.

In the context of law, revocation typically refers to the withdrawal of an offer or the nullification of a legal contract like a will.

Example: The revocation of your privileges was a consequence of your repeated rule violations.

Where does revocation come from?

The first records of the word revocation come from around 1400. It 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.

A right or privilege has to have been granted or approved in the first place before it can be called back or revoked. Revocation is often used in a legal context to refer to certain rights or credentials being taken away, such as a driver’s license. Revocation of a person’s access or status can happen as a punishment for breaking the rules or for other reasons. The same thing goes when revocation happens in less official or less serious contexts. For example, a parent’s revocation of a kid’s screen time might be done as punishment.

Did you know ... ?

What are some other forms of revocation?

  • revoke (verb)
  • revocatory (adjective)
  • revocative (adjective)

What are some synonyms for revocation?

What are some words that share a root or word element with revocation


What are some words that often get used in discussing revocation?



How is revocation used in real life?

Revocation is typically used in serious and official contexts.



Try using revocation!

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

  1. reversal
  2. nullification
  3. reward
  4. cancellation

How to use revocation in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for revocation

/ (ˌrɛvəˈkeɪʃən) /

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

Derived forms of revocation

revocatory (ˈrɛvəkətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012