Definition of repeal in English:

repeal

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Revoke or annul (a law or act of parliament)

    ‘the legislation was repealed five months later’
    • ‘On February 7, 1865, newly-inaugurated governor Richard Oglesby signed the bill repealing the black laws.’
    • ‘Two more acts followed in 1861 and 1863, repealing hundreds of old laws; these acts and subsequent legislation abrogated much of Magna Carta.’
    • ‘The Act was repealed in 1822 after Smith caused a smallpox epidemic in Tarboro, North Carolina.’
    • ‘However, the betterment provisions of the 1947 Act were repealed in 1953.’
    • ‘In other words, although Parliament was repealing the Stamp Act, it retained its right to govern America.’
    • ‘To offset the cost of repealing the tax, Congress is contemplating the extension of capital gains taxation to all who inherit financial assets, called a ‘carryover’ provision.’
    • ‘Finally, the Act of 1534 repealed the Act of 1484, and further stated that aliens could only sell wholesale wares to English-born printers or stationers, and that no bound books were to be imported at all.’
    • ‘Congress repealed the bankruptcy act in 1803 before its scheduled expiration.’
    • ‘The constitutional court repealed the law in January.’
    • ‘Massachusetts repealed its law in July, 1786, because, as Governor Bowdoin explained, other states, refusing to cooperate, had tried to use it for one-sided advantage.’
    • ‘For a free and productive society to reemerge, the Sixteenth Amendment must be repealed - thereby abolishing the income tax.’
    • ‘More has been said in recent years - even in recent days - about repealing the Act of Settlement.’
    • ‘This repeal will be challenged as an invasion of state sovereignty, but recall that Congress had no trouble in 1939 repealing the tax exemption of state and local employees.’
    • ‘She thought the genesis of the secrecy culture, the Official Secrets Act, should be repealed, and regretted the failure of the bill to do that.’
    • ‘If we cannot get a better system, we might be better off repealing all antitrust laws.’
    • ‘The Moroccanization law was repealed in 1993 and the Moroccan government began allowing for up to 100 percent repatriation of capital.’
    • ‘It was Mill's circle of ‘Philosophic Radicals’ who, in the 1830s, were the primary Parliamentary advocates of and activists on behalf of repealing the remaining Acts.’
    • ‘If the law is repealed, VW could be vulnerable to outside pressure.’
    • ‘The report predicts price wars may arise if the government repeals the 1987 Grocery Act, though other sources believe the threat of the government repealing the act is now receding.’
    • ‘Between 1830 and mid-century, colonial licensing laws were repealed, temporary, or rarely enforced.’
    revoke, rescind, cancel, reverse, abrogate, annul, nullify, declare null and void, make void, void, invalidate, render invalid, quash, abolish, set aside, countermand, retract, withdraw, overrule, override
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noun

mass noun
  • The action of revoking or annulling a law or act of parliament.

    ‘the House voted in favour of repeal’
    • ‘There has been no repeal of the Law of Economics.’
    • ‘One claims that the Bubble Act effectively put a hold on new joint-stock companies in Britain until its repeal in 1825.’
    • ‘He will learn that knowledge of liberalism cannot be derived from Adam Smith alone, and that the demand for repeal of interventionist measures is not identical with the call, Return to Adam Smith.’
    • ‘A tax-reform panel has recommended eliminating the tax, but repeal would cost $1.2 trillion over the next decade.’
    • ‘As most professionals now understand, the recently enacted estate tax repeal means that there is no estate tax repeal.’
    • ‘The repeal of the Bubble Act in 1825 was followed by a series of tentative statutory initiatives which left the private joint-stock company in legal limbo.’
    • ‘The repeal of Rule 42 was defeated by two votes last year.’
    • ‘This aimed to push for greater democracy inside the union, implement left policies, such as repeal of the Conservative employment legislation and build a more open left organisation.’
    • ‘The repeal of the Corn Law is these days commonly regarded as the ultimate victory of the classical liberal economic doctrine over wrong-headed mercantilism.’
    • ‘The commission's report called for the immediate repeal of the 9 per cent stamp duty.’
    • ‘And since most experts agree that a full, permanent repeal of the estate tax under the new legislation is unlikely - there's no time like the present.’
    • ‘Though many of the interest group representatives in favor of repeal indicated that the time for Glass-Steagall reform was urgent, legislators did not possess that same feeling of urgency.’
    • ‘It is perfectly legitimate for him, as a strategic measure in that desired direction, to push for a drastic reduction or repeal of the income tax.’
    • ‘The repeal of the import duty would brush away at one stroke the danger of monopoly.’
    • ‘This repeal will be challenged as an invasion of state sovereignty, but recall that Congress had no trouble in 1939 repealing the tax exemption of state and local employees.’
    • ‘We know that reasonable men and women with access to the same facts urged repeal of Prohibition, presumably because they weighted good and harm differently; in short, because they had different values.’
    • ‘The bill makes a mockery of the double-dividend-tax repeal the President is seeking, with its partial, phased-in cut that would cancel out the desired effects.’
    • ‘Are you sure repeal will get you all the money you need?’
    • ‘The candidates are unanimous in favoring a repeal of some or all of the tax cuts.’
    • ‘Skeel argues that the enactment and repeal of the first three bankruptcy acts is an example of legislative cycling.’
    revocation, rescinding, cancellation, reversal, annulment, nullification, voiding, invalidation, quashing, abolition, abrogation, setting aside, countermanding, retraction, withdrawal, rescindment, overruling, overriding
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French repeler, from Old French re- (expressing reversal) + apeler ‘to call, appeal’.

Pronunciation

repeal

/rɪˈpiːl/