Definition of repudiation in English:



  • 1Rejection of a proposal or idea.

    ‘the repudiation of reformist policies’
    [count noun] ‘a repudiation of left-wing political ideas’
    • ‘Its policies are nothing but a repudiation of what Gandhi and his comrades stood for.’
    • ‘Then the president assured corporate America that his administration's repudiation of liberal reformism was irreversible.’
    • ‘The second revolution involved the repudiation of the conviction that well-formed academic learning is a product of our generic humanity.’
    • ‘Apart from his ritual farewell, Truman's act of self creation is otherwise represented as a repudiation of all social connection.’
    • ‘In one of the great ironies of constitutional history, Miller's repudiation of Campbell's arguments in the Slaughter-House Cases inadvertently gave Campbell his greatest victory.’
    • ‘They are also anxious about growing popular animosity to the government's repudiation of democratic rights.’
    • ‘These holy warriors, frequently labelled fundamentalists, represent a direct engagement with the modern world rather than a simple repudiation.’
    • ‘It would represent, on the part of an entire section of the ruling elite, the repudiation of elementary democratic norms.’
    • ‘The day of the referendum, an article in the UK Independent cited mysterious "exit polls" and predicted a massive repudiation of Chavez.’
    • ‘The first was the repudiation of the governments socioeconomic policies.’
    • ‘Later in his address, Clinton provided another, inadvertent, testimony to the Democratic Party's repudiation of its liberal past.’
    • ‘Above all, Byrd has decried the cowardice of Congress in its acceptance of the wholesale repudiation of the US Constitution.’
    • ‘One is the use of a shared repudiation of romanticism to denigrate the Stuart cause.’
    • ‘They avoid open repudiations of their predecessors, no matter how demagogic.’
    • ‘The two ideals conflict, and the triumph of the Newtonian ideal is a repudiation, and not an incorporation, of the Aristotelian ideal.’
    • ‘The march showed the incredible support of local residents for the APPO and their repudiation of the federal police intervention.’
    • ‘Ollivier's conclusions are a complete repudiation of the entire heritage of Marxism, including Trotsky's theory of permanent revolution.’
    • ‘This resulted in its isolation and repudiation by the Algerian masses.’
    • ‘Even the supposition of Jewish influence on the media elicited a sharp, immediate repudiation.’
    • ‘Indeed, Blair came to power based on an explicit repudiation of its old reformist programme.’
    1. 1.1Refusal to fulfil or discharge an agreement, obligation, or debt.
      [count noun] ‘the breach is not so serious as to amount to a repudiation of the whole contract’
      • ‘The code prohibited polygamous marriages and forced marriage for girls, established a minimum age for marriage, and required judicial divorce rather than repudiation.’
      • ‘The repudiation of the Treaty of Madrid was taken by this small group one month before the nobles met at Dijon in June 1526.’
      • ‘So it is not open to any court below the House of Lords to find that unlawful repudiation without acceptance terminates the contract of employment.’
      • ‘A widespread bankruptcy, default, and repudiation of bonds would necessarily ensue.’
      • ‘It predicted an inevitable collapse of tsarist finances and proposed the repudiation of the payment of the tsarist debts.’
      • ‘But the Neutrality Acts of 1935, 1936, and 1937 nevertheless represented a repudiation of Wilsonianism.’
      • ‘Now, your corporate client was found liable in damages for repudiation.’
      • ‘Extensive account audit trails were created to minimize repudiation.’
      • ‘Any resolution to the war requires the repudiation of the Sri Lankan constitution, which entrenches communalism and the autocratic executive presidency.’
      • ‘But the earlier repudiation of the Geneva Conventions exposes such claims as lies.’
      • ‘Reference to "at the date of acceptance of the repudiation" appears only in the judgment of Megaw LJ.’
      • ‘Donaldson P thought not, as the repudiation of a contract of employment was an exception to the general rule.’
      • ‘There is no repudiation of an Agreement of Purchase and Sale in the letter.’
      • ‘It will be rare for conduct subsequent to a settlement agreement to amount to repudiation.’
      • ‘In the past, divorces were settled within the family and the couple would receive a letter of repudiation from an Islamic official.’
      • ‘If a term is a condition precedent to liability, any breach defeats liability but does not lead to a repudiation of the whole contract.’
      • ‘It was not necessary to summarise paragraphs 47 or 48 for the conclusion in paragraph 49 is that there was a repudiation by Alstom.’
      • ‘Elizabeth's oath of allegiance in 1559 required the specific repudiation of any jurisdiction by any foreign prince, person, prelate, or potentate.’
      • ‘Repudiation of a contract "is a thing writ in water" and of no effect unless accepted.’
      • ‘The courts are likely to avoid such problems by readily finding acceptance of a repudiation.’
      cancellation, revocation, rescindment, reversal, abrogation, retraction, invalidation, nullification
      rejection, renunciation, renouncement, abandonment, forsaking, forswearing, giving up, disavowal, recantation, desertion, discarding, disowning, casting aside
      denial, refutation, contradiction, rebuttal, rejection, disclaimer, disavowal
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  • 2Denial of the truth or validity of something.