Definition of disclaimer in US English:



  • 1A statement that denies something, especially responsibility.

    ‘the novel carries the usual disclaimer about the characters bearing no relation to living persons’
    • ‘Most slash fiction carries a content warning and a disclaimer, explaining who holds the copyright to the original work it is based on.’
    • ‘Even the disclaimer and preceding compliment had no effect, apparently.’
    • ‘Some firms have responded to such fears by putting disclaimers, sometimes several hundred words long, at the end of all electronic communications.’
    • ‘The agent's brochure carried disclaimers in fine print at the foot of the front and back pages but I would not accord these decisive significance on the present question.’
    • ‘He examines my certification card carefully and asks me to sign the usual disclaimers.’
    • ‘But remember the usual disclaimer: past performance is not necessarily a guide to future performance.’
    • ‘The best part, however, comes in the form of a disclaimer / warning on the back of the DVD.’
    • ‘They are tripping over themselves with contradictory statements and inane disclaimers.’
    • ‘Most e-mail disclaimers are not disclaimers, but actually address issues such as confidentiality, privacy and access.’
    • ‘The group was not allowed to post the two variants, but under the new policy, they could post them as long as they carried the appropriate disclaimer.’
    • ‘That brings us to the usual disclaimers: this is a purely subjective take on the primary election.’
    • ‘I'm getting a lot of emails that carry long-winded disclaimers on them these days and quite frankly it annoys me.’
    • ‘We have managed to convince some sixty newspapers to carry such disclaimers.’
    • ‘The fact he offers no specific disclaimers for the Physics sections leads me to suspect his explanations in other scientific areas (which I am not qualified to assess) are of the same quality level.’
    • ‘Is it too late to add a disclaimer saying that all characters are fictional and any resemblance to real people is purely coincidence?’
    • ‘We can't be sure that it has even looked at her site - which, incidentally, carries a disclaimer and links to the official site on its front page.’
    • ‘This was in addition to the ongoing protests in India, where censors demanded a disclaimer to say the film is ‘a work of pure fiction’.’
    • ‘Now here I need to insert my usual disclaimer about not being in any conceivable sense of the word a military expert.’
    • ‘If you are going to publish a credible disclaimer you should declare all your past and present political affiliations.’
    • ‘In practice, internet users do not check the ‘about us’ sections of websites, try to find out who authors or owners of the site are, or read disclaimers or disclosure statements’
    denial, refusal, rejection
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    1. 1.1Law An act of repudiating another's claim or renouncing one's own.
      • ‘Beneficiaries who are considering disclaiming assets must seek legal advice to ensure their disclaimers meet federal and state requirements.’
      • ‘Few states have applied these provisions to bailments even though bailees often insert disclaimers of warranties into their receipts and contracts.’
      • ‘The person making the disclaimer cannot direct where the disclaimed property is to go.’
      • ‘A disclaimer releases the tenant from future liabilities under the lease.’
      • ‘However, in English law statutory liability cannot be excluded by disclaimer or exclusion clauses.’
      renunciation, relinquishment, resignation, abdication
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