- to revoke or withdraw formally or officially: to repeal a grant.
- to revoke or annul (a law, tax, duty, etc.) by express legislative enactment; abrogate.
- the act of repealing; revocation; abrogation.
Origin of repeal
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2. nullify, abolish, rescind, invalidate.
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Examples from the Web for unrepealed
As long as this foolish law is unrepealed it must be carried out.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 8 (of 12)
Robert G. Ingersoll
But the practice itself is tenaciously adhered to, as required by the unrepealed law of the God of Israel.Tracts on the Sabbath
Still, the infamous act was unrepealed, and the people refused to buy English manufactures, and commerce languished.The Great Riots of New York 1712 to 1873
He prepared an elaborate schedule showing every unrepealed section of every Act relating to India since 1770.The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I.
Sir Leslie Stephen
We base our opinion as to receiving counter-proof upon the unrepealed Section nineteen of the election law in the revised code.The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Volume Two
- to annul or rescind officially (something previously ordered); revokethese laws were repealed
- obsolete to call back (a person) from exile
- an instance or the process of repealing; annulment
C14: from Old French repeler, from re- + apeler to call, appeal
- (esp in the 19th century) the proposed dissolution of the Union between Great Britain and Ireland
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Word Origin and History for unrepealed
late 15c., from repeal (v.), or from Anglo-French repel, Old French rapel (Modern French rappel) "a recall appeal," back-formation from rapeler.
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