Repudiate Re*pu"di*ate (-?t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Repudiated} (-?`t?d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Repudiating}.] [L. repudiatus, p. p. of repudiare to repudiate, reject, fr. repudium separation, divorce; pref. re- re- + pudere to be ashamed.] [1913 Webster] 1. To cast off; to disavow; to have nothing to do with; to renounce; to reject. [1913 Webster]

Servitude is to be repudiated with greater care. --Prynne. [1913 Webster]

2. To divorce, put away, or discard, as a wife, or a woman one has promised to marry. [1913 Webster]

His separation from Terentis, whom he repudiated not long afterward. --Bolingbroke. [1913 Webster]

3. To refuse to acknowledge or to pay; to disclaim; as, the State has repudiated its debts. [1913 Webster]

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  • repudiate — re‧pu‧di‧ate [rɪˈpjuːdieɪt] verb [transitive] LAW to state that a contract, agreement, sale etc is no longer effective: • This would be a breach of a condition which would enable the hirer to repudiate the contract. * * * repudiate UK US… …   Financial and business terms

  • repudiate — 1540s, to cast off by divorce, from adj. meaning divorced, rejected, condemned (mid 15c.), from L. repudiatus, pp. of repudiare to divorce or reject, from repudium divorce, rejection, from re back, away + pudium, probably related to pes /ped foot …   Etymology dictionary

  • repudiate — 1 spurn, reject, refuse, *decline Analogous words: renounce, *abjure: *forgo, forbear, eschew, sacrifice Antonyms: adopt Contrasted words: *acknowledge, own, admit, avow, confess: embrace, espouse (see ADOPT) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • repudiate — [v] reject; turn one’s back on abandon, abjure, apostatize, banish, be against, break with, cast, cast off, cut off, decline, default, defect, demur, deny, desert, disacknowledge, disapprove, disavow, discard, disclaim, dishonor, disinherit,… …   New thesaurus

  • repudiate — ► VERB 1) refuse to accept or be associated with. 2) deny the truth or validity of. 3) chiefly Law refuse to fulfil or discharge (an agreement, obligation, or debt). 4) archaic disown or divorce (one s wife). DERIVATIVES repudiation noun… …   English terms dictionary

  • repudiate — [ri pyo͞o′dē āt΄] vt. repudiated, repudiating [< L repudiatus, pp. of repudiare, to put away, divorce < repudium, separation, a divorce < re , away, back + base of pudere, to feel shame] 1. to refuse to have anything to do with; disown… …   English World dictionary

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