• WordNet 3.6
    • n repudiation the exposure of falseness or pretensions "the debunking of religion has been too successful"
    • n repudiation refusal to acknowledge or pay a debt or honor a contract (especially by public authorities) "the repudiation of the debt by the city"
    • n repudiation rejecting or disowning or disclaiming as invalid "Congressional repudiation of the treaty that the President had negotiated"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Repudiation One who favors repudiation, especially of a public debt.
    • n Repudiation The act of repudiating, or the state of being repuddiated; as, the repudiation of a doctrine, a wife, a debt, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n repudiation The act of repudiating, or the state of being repudiated. The putting away of a wife, or of a woman betrothed; divorce.
    • n repudiation Rejection; disavowal or renunciation of a right or an obligation, as of a debt; specifically, refusal by a state or municipality to pay a debt lawfully contracted. Repudiation of a debt implies that the debt is just, and that its payment is denied, not because of sufficient legal defense, but to take advantage of the rule that a sovereign state cannot be sued by individuals.
    • n repudiation Eccles., the refusal to accept a benefice.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Repudiation the act of repudiating: rejection: an unprincipled method for the extinction of a debt by simply refusing to acknowledge the obligation: the state of being repudiated
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  • Ronald Reagan
    “Let us not forget who we are. Drug abuse is a repudiation of everything America is.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “The question is this -- Is man an ape or an angel? My Lord, I am on the side of the angels. I repudiate with indignation and abhorrence these new fanged theories.”
  • Wallace Stevens
    “Most modern reproducers of life, even including the camera, really repudiate it. We gulp down evil, choke at good.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf.F. répudiation, L. repudiatio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. repudiāre, -ātumrepudiumre-, away, pudēre, to be ashamed.


In literature:

This fact becomes very important in vindicating the character of the North for repudiating this alleged compromise a few months afterward.
"American Eloquence, Volume III. (of 4) Studies In American Political History (1897)" by Various
Assumption of the rebel debt or repudiation of the Federal debt would be sure to follow.
"American Eloquence, Volume IV. (of 4) Studies In American Political History (1897)" by Various
But it was precisely this agreement of 1854, which was now being either repudiated or construed in the interest of the South.
"Stephen A. Douglas" by Allen Johnson
They were fiercely repudiated in Strauss' own country.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore
First, then, has Mississippi repudiated those bonds?
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. IV. October, 1863, No. IV." by Various
It would in any case have been entirely useless to suggest the repudiation of Dr. Jameson at that moment.
"The Transvaal from Within" by J. P. Fitzpatrick
But should the quality of substance fail, then we repudiate it and despise it.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
The repudiation of the Provisions restored unity to the baronage.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
The other half may be exacted the day that the woman is repudiated.
"Biographies of Distinguished Scientific Men" by Francois Arago
The Gold Democrats were repudiated in terms which were clear to all.
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard

In poetry:

do I repudiate. But foes I sniff!
My nose in all directions! I be so brave
I creep into an Arctic cave
for the rectal temperature of the biggest bear,
hibernating—in my left hand sugar.
I totter to the lip of the cliff.
"Dream Song 120: Foes I sniff, when I have less to shout" by John Berryman

In news:

Perry Refuses Romney's Request to ' Repudiate ' Pastor's Anti-Mormon Comments.
Romney Urges Perry to ' Repudiate ' Jeffress Remarks on Mormonism.
Spine Experts Repudiate Medtronic Studies.
In an extraordinary move, a group of spine specialists are publicly repudiating the research of other experts that has backed the widespread use of a Medtronic bone growth product.
If Palin doesn't repudiate her part, she 'must be dismissed' (Video).
NAACP Resolution Calls on Tea Party to Repudiate 'Racist Elements' in Movement.
King Would Repudiate Today's U.S.- Warmongering .
Some readers have reacted by saying that it is not fair to ask the Democratic group to repudiate anti- Zionists on their list.
Obama's critics, repudiated at last .
Congress will have to raise taxes, Pennsylvania Gov Tom Corbett said Friday, making him the latest prominent Republican to repudiate the no-new-taxes pledge.
The NSBA is concerned that credit-card companies might hike rates and fees on business cards to compensate for the revenue they will lose on consumer cards as a result of the legislation, a prediction that credit-card issuers repudiate.
Gregory Borsinger's Nov 14 letter proclaiming that "individualism threatens our nation and needs to change to assure our greatness as a country" is a repudiation of the very ideals America was founded upon.
American Islamic group repudiates death sentence on Gainesville pastor.
On Wednesday, the American Psychological Association made headlines by repudiating gay-to-straight therapy.
Convicted by an Italian judge in the kidnapping of an Egyptian terror suspect in a repudiation of the CIA's extraordinary renditions program.

In science:

Indeed, for the sake of purported truth, many varieties of conceivable mixtures of determinism and chance have been claimed and repudiated.
Indeterminism and Randomness Through Physics
Non-repudiation protocols can be used as a tool of security to prove that the transaction actually took place and that the two parties actually interacted with each other where both the parties can not deny this fact in presence of a valid set of evidences . 8.
Software Security Rules, SDLC Perspective
This may well be the most damaging consequence of the failure of the scientific community to adopt AOE and repudiate SE.
Do We Need a Scientific Revolution?
As the classical Cryptography, its objectives goes beyond con fidentiality and include methods to provide data integrity, non repudiation and authentication .
Quantum Communication Complexity of Quantum Authentication Protocols
Data authenticity: Security is a consolidative concept. It covers availability, authenticity, confidentiality and integrity . Security guards against unconventional information modification or destruction , involves ensuring information non-repudiation and authenticity is mandatory .
Grid Information Security Functional Requirement - Fulfilling Information Security of a Smart Grid System