disavow

(redirected from disavowals)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.

disavow

verb abnegate, back down, back out, call back, declare not to be true, decline, deny, deny absolutely, deny connection with, deny emphatically, deny entirely, deny peremptorily, deny responsibility for, deny wholly, diffiteri, disaffirm, disbelieve, discard, disclaim, discredit, disdain, disown, dispense with, dissent, dissociate oneself, forswear, infitiari, infitias ire, invalidate, negate, negative, not accept, not admit, not approve, not confirm, not mainnain, not pass, nullify, pass up, protest, recall, recant, refuse, refuse credence, refuse to accept, refuse to acknowledge, refuse to admit, refuse to corroborate, reject, relinquish, repel, repudiate, repulse, rescind, retract, revoke, scorn, send back, set aside, set at naught, shun, spurn, take back, traverse, turn away from, turn back, turn from, veto, withdraw
See also: contradict, controvert, defect, demur, deny, disaccord, disaffirm, disallow, disapprove, disclaim, disdain, dismiss, disown, gainsay, negate, recant, refuse, reject, renounce, repudiate, withdraw

TO DISAVOW. To deny the authority by which an agent pretends to have acted as when he has exceeded the bounds of his authority.
     2. It is the duty of the principal to fulfill the contracts which have been entered into by his authorized agent; and when an agent has exceeded his authority, he ought promptly to disavow such act, so that the other party may have his remedy against the agent. See Agent; Principal.

References in periodicals archive ?
Rumours of a military coup, owing to President Morsi's poor handling of the economy, have died down thanks to disavowals by high ranking army officials.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton states that despite public disavowals, some officials of Pakistans Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI) continue to maintain ties with a wide array of extremist organizations, in particular the Taliban and the Lashkar-e-Taiba.
adeptly reconciles the sacrificial nature of the Eucharist with nonnegotiable Protestant disavowals of any repetition of Christ's sacrifice, although his refusal to ascribe even any secondary salvific agency to the minister's action seems indicative of broader lingering differences in the theology of grace that is still impeding the definitive resolution of differences between Catholic and Reformed Christians in many different areas of theology.
There is widespread skepticism that simple disavowals of revenge coupled with equally simple declarations of a desire for peace adequately embody this criterion.
The paper examines Socrates' avowals and disavowals of knowledge in the standardly accepted early Platonic dialogues.
Such overdetermined decadence is typical of Vezzoli, whose attraction to velvet couture and strands of pearls translates into a perfectly fetishistic aesthetic--so many disavowals and recuperations.
Despite his repeated disavowals, the evidence shows Mr.