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Partly from Middle English discleymer, from Anglo-Norman desclamer; and partly from disclaim +‎ -er.



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disclaimer (plural disclaimers)

  1. One who disclaims, disowns, or renounces.
  2. A public disavowal, as of responsibility, pretensions, claims, opinions, etc.
  3. (law) A denial, disavowal, or renunciation, as of a title, claim, interest, estate, or trust; relinquishment or waiver of an interest or estate.
  4. (proscribed) A disclosure of an interest, relationship, or the like.
    • May 10 2012, Anant Rangaswami, “No need for regulation in media – it’s happening by itself”, in Firstpost:
      It interviewed, among others, the director of Vasant Valley School, owned by the same family that part-owns Mail Today. No disclaimer was carried stating as much.
    • April 23 2018, Hallie Detrick, “What We Know About Sean Hannity's Shell Companies and Why It Matters”, in Fortune:
      Though the fact that the two men do business together was disclosed on air, a recent op-ed penned by Lako and published on the Hannity show’s website had no such disclaimer.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The use in the sense of a disclosure rather than a disavowal is a recent extension in meaning that may be considered incorrect usage.



disclaimer (third-person singular simple present disclaimers, present participle disclaimering, simple past and past participle disclaimered)

  1. (transitive, informal) To disclaim or disavow, as by appending a legal disclaimer.
    • 2005, Raven Kaldera, Pagan Polyamory: Becoming a Tribe of Hearts, page 229:
      When you can hear your lover say that painful thing straight up, without a lot of disclaimering or softening to make sure that your feelings will be hurt as little as possible, []
    • 2015, Evan Butler, Guardians of Life, page 45:
      Now that I have disclaimered myself, I can tell you the story of how one of the guards smoked Salvia divinorum and tripped balls for fifteen minutes []


Old French[edit]



  1. Alternative form of desclamer


This verb conjugates as a first-group verb ending in -er. The forms that would normally end in *-ms, *-mt are modified to ns, nt. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.