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[ rev-uh-key-shuhn ]


  1. the act of revoking; annulment.
  2. Law. nullification or withdrawal, especially of an offer to contract.


/ ˌrɛvəˈkeɪʃən; ˈrɛvəkətərɪ; -trɪ /


  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 Forms

  • revocatory, adjective

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Other Words From

  • rev·o·ca·tive [rev, -, uh, -key-tiv, ri-, vok, -, uh, -], rev·o·ca·to·ry [rev, -, uh, -k, uh, -tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], adjective
  • nonrev·o·cation noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of revocation1

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

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Example Sentences

The council said this decision was based on community feedback, the “complex” process of revocation and precedent, and the lack of “undisputed information available” regarding Barr’s involvement at Lafayette Square.

He was then offered a chance to attend parole revocation court, a program designed to help supervisees avoid serious jail time for breaking their conditions.

Despite the 2010 retraction of his study and the revocation of his license to practice medicine in the United Kingdom, Wakefield remains a leader in today’s anti-vaccination movement.

ABC plans to file disciplinary action against the bar, which could lead to suspension or revocation of its liquor license, an agency release said.

For physicians that do not follow the standard of care, the Board’s discipline may include a public reprimand, probation, license suspension, or license revocation.

Amnesty International put out a press release calling for revocation of the law.

Violators are subject to immediate revocation of their pilot certificates, not to mention potential prison time.

If a subscription has not been completed, death operates as a revocation and the subscriber's estate is not held for the amount.

Nelson immediately went there to make inquiries, and induce a revocation of the orders.

Meantime the Jews, ignorant of the revocation, petitioned to be allowed to return in payment of a yearly tax.

Then, recovering their self-possession, they set to work to procure a revocation of Colonel Birney's authority.

Accordingly, they all combined to oppose the imperial mandate in the Diet, but without being able to procure its revocation.


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More About Revocation

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.

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What are some other forms of revocation?

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

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How is revocation used in real life?

Revocation is typically used in serious and official contexts.



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

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