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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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BEIRUT: The family of Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan has publicly disavowed an unnamed member after significant public speculation following the arrest of a man in a raid of a drug ring last week.
In May, the family of the Saudi suicide bomber who blew himself up inside a mosque killing 22 worshippers had disavowed him, saying they had nothing to do with his terrorist act.
In tracing this history, he argues that both projects have largely forgotten or disavowed the disruptive power of the unconscious and have turned away from psychoanalysis and education as emancipatory projects and that these disavowals are largely to blame for the constant rushing from one failed educational reform to another.
It disavowed violence and hatred against individuals based on their sexual orientation, urging education and understanding," said Sen.
Disavowed by the US government, Ethan, Jane, Benji and top analyst William Brandt (Jeremy Impossible Missions Force operative Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is sprung from a Russian jail by fellow agents Jane Carter (Paula Patton) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg).
Amish families in which US state had their hair and beards cut off in "demeaning" attacks by disavowed former members of the community?
Amish families in which US state had their hair and beards cut off in "demeaning" attacks by a group of disavowed former members of the community?
Earlier, Muqtada Al Sadr responded to a religious opinion question about the assaults against the journalists in which he disavowed those who commit such a conduct.
More recently Naso (2006, 2007) expanded a psychoanalytic understanding of moral hypocrisy by describing serious lapses in integrity as a complex psychological process in which moral standards are disavowed in a way that allows the person to maintain the cherished moral beliefs and deny that their immoral behavior is discrepant from these moral standards.
When the public became aware of the potential deals, executives at ABC, NBC and CBS disavowed any interest in an interview.
At first, in September 2001, he disavowed responsibility for 9/11, instead pinning the blame on some dastardly conspiracy within America itself.