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From the Latin rescindō (I cut back), from re- (back) + scindō (I cut).


  • IPA(key): /ɹɪˈsɪnd/
  • Rhymes: -ɪnd
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rescind (third-person singular simple present rescinds, present participle rescinding, simple past and past participle rescinded)

  1. (transitive) To repeal, annul, or declare void; to take (something such as a rule or contract) out of effect.
    Synonyms: cancel, annul, (of laws and policies) repeal, countermand, revoke, (of orders) recall
    The agency will rescind the policy because many people are dissatisfied with it.
    • 2022 June 29, David Yaffe-Bellany, “Crypto Crash Widens a Divide: ‘Those With Money Will End Up Being Fine’”, in The New York Times[1], →ISSN:
      Coinbase also rescinded hundreds of job offers. Some of those new hires had already quit their previous jobs, or were relying on Coinbase to maintain their work visas.
  2. (transitive) To cut away or off.

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