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Repudiate; revoke consent; refuse to support former acts or agreements.

Disaffirm is commonly applied in situations where an individual has made an agreement and opts to cancel it, which he or she may do by right—such as a minor who disaffirms a contract.

A disaffirmance is a denial or nullification of the existence of something, as opposed to a revocation, which is the breaking of an existing agreement.


verb abjure, abnegate, abolish, challenge, conflict with, contravene, controvert, defy, demur, deny, differ, disaffiliate, disagree, disallow, disavow, disclaim, disown, dispute, disregard, dissent, forswear, gainsay, negate, object, oppose, oppugn, overrule, overturn, protest, raise objections, rebut, recant, refuse, refute, renounce, repudiate, resist, retract, reverse, run counter to, traverse
Associated concepts: disaffirmance of contract
See also: contest, contradict, controvert, deny, disaccord, disallow, disavow, disclaim, disinherit, disown, gainsay, negate, oppose, protest, recant, refute, reject


1 to annul or reverse a decision.
2 to repudiate obligations.
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promises; instead, if the child chooses, he may disaffirm the contract
Under the infancy doctrine, a child's contract is voidable, (3) meaning that the transaction is per se valid, but a child can disaffirm the contract and avoid its legal obligations.
70) On the other hand, in at least two of the existing US cases that have addressed the applicability of the infancy doctrine to online contracts, AV v iParadigms, LLC (71) and EKD v Facebook, (72) the Courts deemed that minors who benefit from (and/or continue to use) the services outlined in a contract cannot subsequently evoke the infancy doctrine to disaffirm specific clauses of that contract.
As to the nature and extent of the knowledge required for an effective election to affirm, the High Court (15) has expressly abstained from determining whether, in addition to knowledge of the facts upon which the power to disaffirm depended, (16) the electing party, when she performed acts that appeared to recognize the continued existence of the contract in question, must also have understood that, as a legal consequence of those facts, she had available to her the inconsistent legal alternative of disaffirming that contract.
Our findings confirm the transaction motive and Pecking order theory in corporate cash holdings behavior but disaffirm the relation between size and firms' cash holdings.
that the buyer will disaffirm more often when given the option of
According to the NCUA complaint, which was the liquidating agent of Ensign, the agency was authorized to disaffirm and repudiate any contracts or arrangements on 18 commercial loans to which the credit union was a party.
6013-1(d)(5) if an executor or administrator has been appointed after a joint return was filed, he or she has one year after the due date for filing (plus extensions) to disaffirm the joint return and file a separate return.
The participants included members of the legal and medical professions as well as ethicists remarking on the recent developments of conscience clauses and regulatory action surrounding the protection of health-care providers' conscience rights to disaffirm involvement in abortion procedures as well as the prescribing of post-coital contraceptive drugs.
Given the importance of this chemistry, what can be done objectively to affirm or disaffirm its presence?