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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.

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They are still disavowing it because they are still part of the anti-resistance axis that is targeting the resistance via Syria," Rd added.
Disavowing that idea will help deflate much of that resistance.
We are, the JD states, not disavowing our past; this can still serve as a warning.
He was also expelled from the Communist Party for disavowing some of Lenin's views.
Jumaili warned of "disavowing the political agreements and the Barzani initiative which was reached before the formation of the government.
For Buckley, disavowing the Birchites meant disavowing thousands of the subscribers to his own magazine.
He said: "I'm sure he would take this opportunity of disavowing the fraudulent methods by which money was attempted to be raised for a film project of that kind in Swansea by Ben Pickering."
Proof that we can pass a gay rights bill only by disavowing any interest in affirmative action came in 1998 when we beat back a Republican attack on Clinton's order banning discrimination in federal employment only after much work to make it clear that affirmative action was not involved.
The beads allow Newkirk to suggest elements of fashion and interior design (cornrow hair braiding and swank room dividers, equally at home in a swinging bachelor pad and a blaxploitation flick) without ever disavowing the referential impact of the body on such elements.
9 Larry Johnson In many respects, Johnson might seem like a more typically '80s artist, one initially steeped in "Pictures" and CalArts's famous program of "skeptical beliefs." His '90s work moves beyond appropriation without disavowing it, and melds the seemingly antithetical media of photography and drawing in an utterly singular way.
And I don't mean the crew of pretty-pretty painters who dabble "playfully" in formalist concerns while studiously disavowing or making fun of the intellectual premises that underwrote Color Field painting, and hence aligning themselves with the kinder, gentler crap that enjoys such vogue in certain quarters of the art world.