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NOUN (1)

1. the act of abrogating; an official or legal cancellation;
[syn: abrogation, repeal, annulment]


VERB (1)

1. cancel officially;
- Example: "He revoked the ban on smoking"
- Example: "lift an embargo"
- Example: "vacate a death sentence"
[syn: revoke, annul, lift, countermand, reverse, repeal, overturn, rescind, vacate]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Repeal \Re*peal"\ (r?-p?l"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Repealed (-p?ld"); p. pr. & vb. n. Repealing.] [OF. repeler to call back, F. rappeler; pref. re- re- + OF. apeler, F. appeler, to call, L. appellare. See Appeal, and. cf. Repel.] 1. To recall; to summon again, as persons. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The banished Bolingbroke repeals himself, And with uplifted arms is safe arrived. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To recall, as a deed, will, law, or statute; to revoke; to rescind or abrogate by authority, as by act of the legislature; as, to repeal a law. [1913 Webster] 3. To suppress; to repel. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Whence Adam soon repealed The doubts that in his heart arose. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Syn: To abolish; revoke; rescind; recall; annul; abrogate; cancel; reverse. See Abolish. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Repeal \Re*peal"\, n. 1. Recall, as from exile. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The tribunes are no soldiers; and their people Will be as rash in the repeal, as hasty To expel him thence. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Revocation; abrogation; as, the repeal of a statute; the repeal of a law or a usage. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

repeal n 1: the act of abrogating; an official or legal cancellation [syn: abrogation, repeal, annulment] v 1: cancel officially; "He revoked the ban on smoking"; "lift an embargo"; "vacate a death sentence" [syn: revoke, annul, lift, countermand, reverse, repeal, overturn, rescind, vacate]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

45 Moby Thesaurus words for "repeal": abolish, abolition, abrogate, abrogation, annihilate, annul, annulment, bring to naught, cancel, cancellation, countermand, counterorder, disannul, dismantle, do away with, invalidate, invalidation, lift, make void, negate, negative, nullification, nullify, override, overrule, recall, recant, renege, rescind, rescindment, rescission, retract, reversal, reverse, revocation, revoke, set aside, suspend, undo, vacate, void, voiding, waive, withdraw, write off
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

REPEAL, legislation. The abrogation or destruction of a law by a legislative act. 2. A repeal is express; as when it is literally declared by a subsequent law or implied, when the new law contains provisions contrary to or irreconcilable with those of the former law. 3. A law may be repealed by implication, by an affirmative as well as by a negative statute, if the substance is inconsistent with the old statute. 1 Ham. 10: 2 Bibb, 96; Harper, 101; 4 W. C. C. R. 691. 4. It is a general rule that when a penal statute punishes an offence by a certain penalty, and a new statute is passed imposing a greater or a lesser penalty, for the same offence, the former statute is repealed by implication. 5 Pick. 168; 3 Halst. 48; 1 Stew. 506; 3 A. K. Marsh. 70; 21 Pick. 373. See 1 Binn. 601; Bac. Ab. Statute D 7 Mass. 140. 5. By the common law when a statute repeals another, and afterwards the repealing statute is itself repealed, the first is revived. 2 Blackf. 32. In some states this rule has been changed, as in Ohio and Louisiana. Civ. Code of:Louis. art. 23. 6. When a law is repealed, it leaves all the civil rights of the parties acquired under the law unaffected. 3. L. R. 337; 4 L. R. 191; 2 South. 689; Breese, App. 29; 2 Stew. 160. 7. When a penal statute is repealed or so modified as to exempt a class from its operation, violations committed before the repeal are also exempted, unless specifically reserved, or unless there have been some private right divested by it. 2 Dana, 330; 4 Yeates, 392; 1 Stew. 347; 5 Rand. 657; 1 W. C. C. R. 84; 2 Virg. Cas. 382. Vide Abrogation; 18 Vin. Ab. 118.