Meaning of “repeal” in the English Dictionary

"repeal" in British English

See all translations

repealverb [ T ]

uk /rɪˈpiːl/ us /rɪˈpiːl/

If a government repeals a law, it causes that law no longer to have any legal force.

repeal
noun [ S or U ] uk us

We're campaigning for a/the repeal of the abortion laws.

(Definition of “repeal” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"repeal" in American English

See all translations

repealverb [ T ]

us /rɪˈpil/

(of a government) to make a law no longer a law:

Legislators repealed the sales tax.
repeal
noun [ U ] us /rɪˈpil/

Senators called for the law’s repeal.

(Definition of “repeal” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"repeal" in Business English

See all translations

repealverb [ T ]

uk /rɪˈpiːl/ us LAW

to state officially that a law, rule, etc. no longer has legal force:

Previous efforts to repeal the law have failed.
The state estimates about $41 million will be lost each year if the food tax is repealed.

repealnoun [ S or U ]

uk /rɪˈpiːl/ us LAW

the act of stating officially that a law, rule, etc. no longer has legal force:

a repeal of sth The governor lobbied for repeal of the death penalty.
They want to make sure their cashflow will be unaffected before they decide to back a repeal.

(Definition of “repeal” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)