- The definition of a repeal is the act of taking something back.
An example of a repeal is the process of cancelling a law.
- To repeal is defined as to formally withdraw, or to take something back.
An example of to repeal is to reverse a law.
- to withdraw officially or formally; revoke; cancel; annul: repeal a law
- Obs. to call back, as from exile
Origin of repealMiddle English repelen ; from Old French rapeler: see re- and amp; appeal
transitive verbre·pealed, re·peal·ing, re·peals
- To revoke or rescind, especially by the action of a legislature.
- Obsolete To summon back or recall, especially from exile.
Origin of repealMiddle English repelen, repealen, from Anglo-Norman repeler, alteration of Old French rapeler : re-, re- + apeler, to appeal; see appeal.
(third-person singular simple present repeals, present participle repealing, simple past and past participle repealed)
- An act or instance of repealing.
repeal - Legal Definition