• WordNet 3.6
    • v repeal cancel officially "He revoked the ban on smoking","lift an embargo","vacate a death sentence"
    • n repeal the act of abrogating; an official or legal cancellation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The only repealed amendment to the US Constitution deals with the prohibition of alcohol.
    • Repeal Recall, as from exile. "The tribunes are no soldiers; and their people
      Will be as rash in the repeal , as hasty
      To expel him thence."
    • Repeal Revocation; abrogation; as, the repeal of a statute; the repeal of a law or a usage.
    • Repeal 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.
    • Repeal To recall; to summon again, as persons. "The banished Bolingbroke repeals himself,
      And with uplifted arms is safe arrived."
    • Repeal To suppress; to repel. "Whence Adam soon repealed The doubts that in his heart arose."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • repeal To call back; recall, as from banishment, exile, or disgrace.
    • repeal To give up; dismiss.
    • repeal To revoke; abrogate, as a law or statute: it usually implies a recalling of the act by the power that made or enacted it.
    • repeal Synonyms Annul, Rescind, etc. See abolish, and list under abrogate.
    • n repeal Recall, as from exile.
    • n repeal The act of repealing; revocation; abrogation: as, the repeal of a statute.
    • n repeal Synonyms See abolish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Repeal rē-pēl′ to revoke by authority, as a law: to abrogate: to recall: to dismiss
    • n Repeal a revoking or annulling
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  • Phyllis Schlafly
    Phyllis Schlafly
    “Feminism is doomed to failure because it is based on an attempt to repeal and restructure human nature.”
  • Ulysses S. Grant
    Ulysses S. Grant
    “I know of no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their strict execution.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. repeler, to call back, F. rappeler,; pref. re-, re- + OF. apeler, F. appeler, to call, L. appellare,. See Appeal, and. cf. Repel


In literature:

Almost to a man, they favor either modification or repeal of the law.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
But how comes it that the author of the bill of 1860, residing at the capital, never heard of its repeal?
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"
Nevertheless, Lord Rockingham and his adherents went on resolutely with the bill for repealing the Stamp Act.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Suppose this law were repealed; would tranquillity be restored?
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
This law has since been repealed.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
They insist on a repeal of your laws.
"From Farm House to the White House" by William M. Thayer
The barbarous laws which permitted such repugnant exhibitions were repealed by the 30th George III., cap.
"Bygone Punishments" by William Andrews
In my opinion, it was not the intention of the legislature to repeal it.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
In 1895 the law recognizing insanity after marriage as a ground for divorce was repealed.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
And for the Governor to repeal statutes by proclamation would be fatal to the liberties of the people.
"Virginia under the Stuarts 1607-1688" by Thomas J. Wertenbaker

In poetry:

Hark! the organ's solemn peal
Ascends the lofty fane,
To win the soul's repeal,
From everlasting pain:
"Sin Of The Choral Singer" by James Avis Bartley
For hark ! to Freedom's call
The fatal spell is broke;
Repeal means—Union of the slaves,
And reverence of the yoke.
"The March Of Freedom" by Ernest Jones
No med'cines could effect the cure
So quick, so easy, or so sure;
The deadly sentence God repeals,
He sends his sovereign word, and heals.
"Psalm 107 part 3" by Isaac Watts
For custom now controuls mankind,
Kind nature's laws repealing;
Has every sentiment refin'd,
And by its influence o'er the mind,
Annull'd the power of feeling.
"A Fragment" by Elizabeth Bath
Christ only has Death, grimfac'd monarch! foil'd
Christ only has all pow'rs that are, despoil'd —
Christ has the bond, that ti'd us down, repeal'd —
Christ paid our ransom, Christ our pardon seal'd.
"Christ Is All In All" by Rees Prichard

In news:

City Council Repeals Pot Shop Ban.
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday voted to repeal a ban on medical marijuana storefront dispensaries.
The ban against medical marijuana dispensaries was repealed Tuesday by the L.A. Add your comments.
The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday voted to repeal its ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.
AAFP Joins AMA, Other Groups in Calling for SGR Repeal.
The pro and con of repealing death penalty in California.
The House Ways and Means Committee on Feb 17 approved a bill to repeal the 2010 health-care law's requirement that companies file a 1099 tax form for each vendor that provides more than $600 in goods or services.
Quist wants to cut government regulation and repeal the federal health care law.
Republicans' new health care reform bill rallying cry : Repeal it.
Lawmakers pledge to repeal law granting them access to returns.
The Merced City Council could vote to repeal an ordinance which protects renters on Monday night.
Woody Cozad, e-tax repealer , loses police lobbying gig.
AUSTIN — President Barack Obama's federal health care law may be safe from repeal, but it's drawing nothing close to a salute in Texas.
Letters to the Editor Amy Briceno One needn't be the sharpest tooth in the hound to imagine why you, Sen Josh Brecheen, would advocate repeal of SB 1712.
Romney promises to repeal Obama health care plan, yet critics find links between two.

In science:

When this happens, the gluons start to repeal each other, which inhibits the emission of new gluons, thus taming the BFKL rise of the gluon distribution.
Multiparticle Dynamics in the LHC Era
For a high value of γ , the internal pressure repealing the cells is very strong.
A well-balanced numerical scheme for a one dimensional quasilinear hyperbolic model of chemotaxis
Large values of γ imply strong repealing forces at higher densities.
A well-balanced numerical scheme for a one dimensional quasilinear hyperbolic model of chemotaxis