Definition of disaffirm in US English:



[with object]Law
  • Repudiate; declare void.

    ‘to disaffirm a contract is to say it never existed’
    • ‘It was specifically disaffirmed by Justice Lindgren at trial.’
    • ‘However, failing to find differential receptiveness does not disaffirm this possibility if the polygyny allele is fixed in the population.’
    • ‘‘To a certain degree, that is correct,’ the Commander affirmed yet disaffirmed simultaneously.’
    • ‘Oriented toward the post-handover future, it often used the strategy of disaffirming notions of Chinese national identity in order to open up an alternative space of Hong Kongness.’
    • ‘To do so is to disaffirm the universal fatherhood of God and the unity of His Torah.’
    abstain from, refrain from, give up, forgo, forswear, shun, renounce, swear off, abjure, steer clear of, have nothing to do with, give a wide berth to, fight shy of, relinquish, reject, dispense with, disavow, abandon, deny, gainsay, disclaim, repudiate, renege on, spurn, abnegate, abdicate, wash one's hands of, drop
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