Definition of rescind in US English:



[with object]
  • Revoke, cancel, or repeal (a law, order, or agreement)

    ‘the government eventually rescinded the directive’
    • ‘The proper course in those circumstances was to rescind the order on the basis that, had the creditor known of the petition, the petition debt would have been secured.’
    • ‘In addition to the changes you mention, a free labor market would require rescinding any laws that prohibit an employer from firing any worker at any time for any reason.’
    • ‘Many a time a State refuses to honour a tribunal award or it rescinds its agreement.’
    • ‘By the time I read about this, the impounding order had been rescinded.’
    • ‘Television replays later showed that he was in fact fouled, and the red card was eventually rescinded.’
    • ‘No casualties were reported and the chemical alert was eventually rescinded.’
    • ‘Disorder provides an excuse to rescind liberties in the name of restoring calm.’
    • ‘That agreement might be rescinded, or might never be performed.’
    • ‘The city rescinded the demolition order and granted an Occupancy Permit to the Committee.’
    • ‘The union demanded that the letters of reprimand be withdrawn and the suspensions be rescinded.’
    • ‘Regional leaders responded by rescinding his order, and getting him fired from his job.’
    • ‘There is no reason why parties to a written executed agreement cannot agree to cancel or rescind it and to reverse its effects.’
    • ‘He tried very hard to rescind the expulsion order, at one point offering the monarchs 300,000 ducats for a reprieve.’
    • ‘These rules were rescinded abruptly five days after they were made public in press reports.’
    • ‘The law was rescinded only in December 1990 during the collapse of the regime.’
    • ‘At the end of the oral argument, however, he rescinded his agreement.’
    • ‘I am not convinced that there is any reason to alter or rescind the order made by the board on June 26th.’
    • ‘The victim surcharge payment order is also rescinded, and if monies were paid by the appellant, they are to be returned to him forthwith.’
    • ‘The seven have also filed a suit with the district court calling on immigration authorities to rescind the deportation order.’
    • ‘Under no circumstances was the order to be rescinded or countermanded.’
    revoke, repeal, cancel, reverse, abrogate, overturn, overrule, override, annul, nullify, declare null and void, make void, void, invalidate, render invalid, quash, abolish, set aside, countermand, retract, withdraw
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Mid 16th century: from Latin rescindere, from re- (expressing intensive force) + scindere ‘to divide, split’.