from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of repudiating or the state of being repudiated.
  • n. The refusal, especially by public authorities, to acknowledge a contract or debt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of refusing to accept; the act of repudiating.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of repudiating, or the state of being repuddiated
  • n. One who favors repudiation, especially of a public debt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of repudiating, or the state of being repudiated.
  • n. Rejection; disavowal or renunciation of a right or an obligation, as of a debt; specifically, refusal by a state or municipality to pay a debt lawfully contracted. Repudiation of a debt implies that the debt is just, and that its payment is denied, not because of sufficient legal defense, but to take advantage of the rule that a sovereign state cannot be sued by individuals.
  • n. Eccles., the refusal to accept a benefice.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. rejecting or disowning or disclaiming as invalid
  • n. the exposure of falseness or pretensions
  • n. refusal to acknowledge or pay a debt or honor a contract (especially by public authorities)


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  • Is anyone reading the entrails of the rollout whether repudiation is a stake in the ground on 1.20.09 or is there accountability for past lawlessness?

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  • This repudiation is expressed with equal severity in the trilogy of novels on which Upward worked after he dropped from view, before the Second World War.

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  • This repudiation is for political reasons only ..... everyone can see this coming.

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  • In my book I rail against the hiatus between what I call the repudiation of a sitting president (think of Carter and George H.W. Bush) and the inauguration of his successor, which offers the opportunity for the repudiated president nonetheless to make mischief for his successor.


  • Missing from this account are the bitter events of last December 10th, the increase in the so-called repudiation rallies, the harassment of several opponents, and the use of physical violence against many of them.

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  • Sunday's term was repudiation, which is defined as:

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  • The minister stressed he had never done or said anything that could be described as a repudiation of the parliamentary committee chair.

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  • It is perverse, for it would in any case entail the repudiation by Russia of its own distinctive culture, history, and “soul.”

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  • And more recently Texas rejected the Democratic-appointed senator in what some people, such as Senator Gramm, characterized as repudiation of you and your policies.

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  • One might therefore say that Deconstruction does have concrete political consequences, namely the repudiation of all comprehensive political programs.

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