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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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Contracts for necessities, such as food, shelter, and clothing, not provided by a minor's parent or guardian may be disaffirmed by the minor.
But it can also create a climate in which students feel alienated, disaffirmed, and devalued.
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.
in which case the Japanese Attorneys who so disaffirmed will be construed to commit a violation of the confidentiality obligation imposed under Article 23 of Chapter IV of the Practicing Attorney Law of Japan.
By identifying with their intolerant and judgmental caretakers, these clients unconsciously convey to the therapist how it feels to be belittled and disaffirmed.
A minor has no obligation to make a full restitution of benefits received under a disaffirmed contract Id at 234-35.
Subsequently, several of these institutions were in fact taken over by the RTC and outstanding LOCs were disaffirmed.
21 provide a decent impression of overall shape - though not of any sort of global structure in the conventional sense of a "unified" analysis, which is explicitly disaffirmed for Varese's music in general at the end of Chapter 2 (see Bernard, 69-72).
43) In reviewing standing de novo, for example, the First Circuit disaffirmed the district court's valid factual finding that the MOGO might apply to parades.