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disavow

verb abnegate, back down, back out, call back, declare not to be true, decline, deny, deny absolutely, deny connection with, deny emphatically, deny entirely, deny peremptorily, deny responsibility for, deny wholly, diffiteri, disaffirm, disbelieve, discard, disclaim, discredit, disdain, disown, dispense with, dissent, dissociate oneself, forswear, infitiari, infitias ire, invalidate, negate, negative, not accept, not admit, not approve, not confirm, not mainnain, not pass, nullify, pass up, protest, recall, recant, refuse, refuse credence, refuse to accept, refuse to acknowledge, refuse to admit, refuse to corroborate, reject, relinquish, repel, repudiate, repulse, rescind, retract, revoke, scorn, send back, set aside, set at naught, shun, spurn, take back, traverse, turn away from, turn back, turn from, veto, withdraw
See also: contradict, controvert, defect, demur, deny, disaccord, disaffirm, disallow, disapprove, disclaim, disdain, dismiss, disown, gainsay, negate, recant, refuse, reject, renounce, repudiate, withdraw

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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He disavows that statement," Graham said on "Fox News Sunday.
The Resolution cites the historical record of the impeachment and concludes: "Resolved, That the House disavows the articles of impeachment filed against President William Jefferson Clinton given the irresponsible and inappropriately partisan manner in which the House discharged its constitutional duties.
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Their antagonism toward Jews, which today's church disavows, is especially painful to read in light of the Shoah.
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