Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To make void; repeal or annul.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To repeal, annul, or declare void; to take (something such as a rule or contract) out of effect.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To cut off; to abrogate; to annul.
  • transitive v. Specifically, to vacate or make void, as an act, by the enacting authority or by superior authority; to repeal

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cut off; cut short; remove.
  • To abrogate; revoke; annul; vacate, as an act, by the enacting authority or by superior authority: as, to rescind a law, a resolution, or a vote; to rescind an edict or decree; to rescind a judgment.
  • To avoid (a voidable contract).

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

  • v. cancel officially

Etymologies

Latin rescindere : re-, re- + scindere, to split; see skei- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin rescindō ("I cut back"), from re- ("back") + scindō ("I cut"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In each instance, the executive order should by its terms rescind any conflicting previous order - none of which have been made public and remain secret to this day.

    chicagotribune.com -

  • I think the word of the morning is "rescind"--I just heard it on a fund drive for an NPR radio station.

    New York City

  • Now, if you went to Notre Dame instead, you wouldn't even have an offer to rescind, which is the new killing it. guest, Apr 17, 2009 7: 13PM

    Dealbreaker

  • The request came after a lawyer for one-time Fujitsu president Kuniaki Nozoe said he wanted to "rescind" his September resignation, and requested that Fujitsu convene a board meeting to discuss with him the circumstances of his departure At the time, the company said Mr. Nozoe was stepping down for health reasons.

    TSE Asks Fujitsu to Review Explanation of President's Resignation

  • But earlier this year, he asked the company to "rescind" his resignation, saying that he was perfectly healthy, and instead was forced out of the company on false allegations that he had done business with an individual with possible gangster ties.

    Fujitsu's Ex-President Details Damages

  • Why can't Obama just simply "rescind" the order issuing a new one allowing gays to protect our country just like everyone else who galantly, with supreme patriotism, decides to do so?

    Gay soldier: Obama's 'don't ask' pledge a reprinted IOU

  • When asked if they could guarantee that their companies would not continue to "rescind" policies in the future, the insurance company representatives refused to do so.

    Robert Creamer: August Offensive to Define Health Care Debate: Insurance Companies in the Bull's Eye

  • It said Baghdad must specifically "rescind" its annexation of Kuwait -- the long-awaited admission of guilt -- and must be prepared to pay reparations and return stolen property.

    After The Storm

  • Insurers in many states may also "rescind" coverage once they have sold a policy and collected premium payments.

    Center for American Progress

  • The Kitsap Sun reports that the state ordered Moneytree to stop allowing borrowers to use and then "rescind" small loans and stick to an eight-loan limit.

    The News Tribune Blogs

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