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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


1 to annul or reverse a decision.
2 to repudiate obligations.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006
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Through the affirmation, he or she has been taught to seek the truth, and eschew the lie, something made difficult for the disaffirmed one whose lies to himself or herself necessarily are experienced as insult or outright assault.
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(19) As a party to the North Atlantic Treaty, the Republic of Turkey has agreed to share criminal jurisdiction over members of the force in certain circumstances, (20) but since 1 October 1914, Turkey has disaffirmed its long history of capitulations.
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