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Meaning of REPEAL

Pronunciation:  ri'peel

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of abrogating; an official or legal cancellation
  2. [v]  annul by recalling or rescinding; "He revoked the ban on smoking"; "lift an embargo"; "vacate a death sentence"

REPEAL is a 6 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: abrogation, annul, annulment, countermand, lift, overturn, rescind, reverse, revoke, vacate
 See Also: cancel, cancellation, derogation, go back on, recall, renege, renege on, renegue on, revocation, strike down, vacation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re*peal"\ (r?-p?l"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Repealed}
    (-p?ld"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Repealing}.] [OF. repeler to call
    back, F. rappeler; pref. re- re- + OF. apeler, F. appeler, to
    call, L. appellare. See {Appeal}, and. cf. {Repel}.]
    1. To recall; to summon again, as persons. [Obs.]
             The banished Bolingbroke repeals himself, And with
             uplifted arms is safe arrived.        --Shak.
    2. To recall, as a deed, will, law, or statute; to revoke; to
       rescind or abrogate by authority, as by act of the
       legislature; as, to repeal a law.
    3. To suppress; to repel. [Obs.]
             Whence Adam soon repealed The doubts that in his
             heart arose.                          --Milton.
    Syn: To abolish; revoke; rescind; recall; annul; abrogate;
         cancel; reverse. See {Abolish}.
  2. \Re*peal"\, n.
    1. Recall, as from exile. [Obs.]
             The tribunes are no soldiers; and their people Will
             be as rash in the repeal, as hasty To expel him
             thence.                               --Shak.
    2. Revocation; abrogation; as, the repeal of a statute; the
       repeal of a law or a usage.