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Definition of "disclaim" []

  • To deny or renounce any claim to or connection with; disown. (verb-transitive)
  • To deny the validity of; repudiate. (verb-transitive)
  • Law To renounce one's right or claim to. (verb-transitive)
  • Law To renounce a right or claim. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "disclaim" in a sentence
  • "[1894] Padua in Italy they have a stone called the stone of turpitude, near the senate-house, where spendthrifts, and such as disclaim non-payment of debts, do sit with their hinder parts bare, that by that note of disgrace others may be terrified from all such vain expense, or borrowing more than they can tell how to pay."
  • "At the same time, more people are opting for plans that allow their heirs to "disclaim," or decline, part of their inheritance, thereby reducing their estate."
  • "And finally, if an intellectual property right holder wants to "disclaim" or "waive" her rights, what business is it of WIPOs?"