Other forms: repudiations

Repudiation means the act of claiming that something is invalid. If there were a repudiation of all the math test scores because of widespread cheating, you'd probably have to take the test again.

Repudiation comes from the verb "repudiate," which is rooted in the Latin word repudiare, meaning to divorce or reject. If you show something is false, you have made a repudiation of that thing. Until the repudiation of the claims, people thought that heroin was a harmless ingredient that could help ease a cough. General belief in the safety of cocaine and cigarettes had similar repudiations.

Definitions of repudiation
  1. noun
    rejecting or disowning or disclaiming as invalid
    “Congressional repudiation of the treaty that the President had negotiated”
    synonyms: renunciation
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    (law) a voluntary repudiation of a person's legal claim to something
    disowning, disownment
    refusal to acknowledge as one's own
    type of:
    the speech act of rejecting
  2. noun
    refusal to acknowledge or pay a debt or honor a contract (especially by public authorities)
    “the repudiation of the debt by the city”
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    type of:
    the act of refusing
  3. noun
    the exposure of falseness or pretensions
    synonyms: debunking
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    type of:
    presentation to view in an open or public manner
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