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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.
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As a result, even though students who were required to use the plagiarism website Turnitin.com to submit their schoolwork had written disclaimers on their papers withholding permission from the website to archive their work, the students were prohibited from disaffirming the website's terms of use that allowed for archiving.
The manner in which children navigate and make decisions online reinforces the need for the infancy doctrine, which includes limiting the use of misrepresentation-of-age statutes as a means of preventing children from disaffirming their online agreements.
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.
or (2) disaffirming and finding relief in the law of restitution.
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Second, despite these disaffirming results, there is strong evidence suggesting that audiences are more positively predisposed to processing information in the form of news compared to advertising.
I selected the students based on my perception that they would provide candid, if not disaffirming feedback about the Issues Exchange activity and because none had previously revealed to me his or her personal reflections on the activity.
If for any reason minors choose to void, or "disaffirm" a contract, they may do so, pleading infancy" as a defense against an action for breach.(164) This rule applies not only to wholly executory contracts, but also when a contract has been fully performed, as when a minor has paid for and received goods.(165) Under the traditional rule, where the contract has been partially or fully performed, the disaffirming minor's only obligation is to return anything that was conferred by performance.(166) Moreover, when minors have damaged or even destroyed the property received, they need only return what remains.
If a local government is compelled, as a result of the RTC's disaffirming an LOC, to provide funds for completion of a subdivision's public improvements, what recourse does it then have against the RTC?
Pasqualone, 406 N.E.2d 1121, 1126-27 (Ohio 1980) (disaffirming broad application of status exemption and requiring personal jurisdiction to adjudicate custody dispute).
(130) In a noisy withdrawal, however, an attorney goes further than simply resigning by notifying third parties of his resignation and publicly disaffirming some or all of his work product.
The proceeding was brought pursuant to Section 35.03 of the New York State Arts and Cultural Affairs Law, which provides a procedure whereby performing contracts may be entered into by infants and approved by the court so as to preclude the infant from later disaffirming the contracts on the ground of infancy.