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TO REPUDIATE. To repudiate a right is to express in a sufficient manner, a determination not to accept it, when it is offered.
     2. He who repudiates a right cannot by that act transfer it to another. Repudiation differs from renunciation in this, that by the former he who repudiates simply declares that he will not accept, while he who renounces a right does so in favor of another. Renunciation is however sometimes used in the sense of repudiation. See To Renounce; Renunciation; Wolff, Inst. 339.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Kuehn argues that reading repudiation as an act of individualism against family obligations or conversely as an act of "some Renaissance era Tuscan version of 'amoral familialism'" (213) against social and legal obligations is too simplistic.
Having first outlined the legal history and framework of repudiation, and traced Florentine attitudes toward inheritance as well as occurrences of repudiation in family records (the ubiquitous ricordanze kept by so many moneyed Florentines), Kuehn devotes the second half of the book to analyzing the data from the governmental and notarial records.
The repudiation of Caterina, a nun at San Niccolo of Prato (so, in fact, the repudiation of the entire convent), recorded by the notary noted that Gostanza had no other dowry or prospect of having a dowry unless she received her grandmother's estate (163-64).
Power clears the passage, swiftly: but the paradox, here, is that power, rooted in history, is also the mockery and the repudiation of history.
Anyone who has seen a movie in an all-black cinema has witnessed the communally improvised, fluid repudiation of the hierarchical division between artist, artifact, and audience.
For an instant, John wants to create the certainty, enact the repudiation, and corroborate the suspicions about Judith's ancestors' role in the slave trade.
And Professor Ceaser in his usually insightful way has pointed out that the 2010 midterm election is a Great Repudiation of the 2008 vote for the Democratic Party in general and Barack Obama in particular.
So, getting back to Ceaser's article, which I hope it is clear I find fascinating and correct, perhaps we should also engage in an additional Great Repudiation. Let's abandon the "midterm" and "off-year" terminology and talk about first-branch and second-branch elections.
Fully expecting to be chastised by the likes of a Paul Krugman (for an indiscriminate use of violent terms like "repudiation") or an E.J.