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[Anglo-French repeler, from Old French, from re- back + apeler to appeal, call, from Latin appellare to address, entreat, call by name]
: to rescind or annul by authoritative act
: to revoke or abrogate by legislative enactment [legislatures ing statutes in light of a recent Supreme Court decision]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.