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From Anglo-Norman disclaimer, from Old French desclamer (French: déclamer), des- + clamer.


  • IPA(key): /dɪsˈkleɪm/
  • Rhymes: -eɪm
  • Hyphenation: dis‧claim
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disclaim (third-person singular simple present disclaims, present participle disclaiming, simple past and past participle disclaimed)

  1. To renounce all claim to; to deny ownership of or responsibility for; to disown; to disavow; to reject.
    • 1697, John Dryden translating Virgil, Aeneid Book VII
      He calls the gods to witness their offence; / Disclaims the war, asserts his innocence.
    • 1755, Hugh Farmer, Essay on the Demoniacs of the New Testament
      He disclaims the authority of Jesus.
    • 1901, W. W. Jacobs, The Monkey's Paw
      "I was to say that Maw and Meggins disclaim all responsibility," continued the other. "They admit no liability at all, but in consideration of your son's services they wish to present you with a certain sum as compensation."
  2. To deny, as a claim; to refuse.
    • 1855, Henry Hart Milman, History of Latin Christianity[1]:
      The payment was irregularly made, if not disclaimed.
  3. (law) To relinquish or deny having a claim; to disavow another's claim; to decline accepting, as an estate, interest, or office.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for disclaim in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)