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repudiation (n.)

1540s, "divorce" (of a woman by a man), from Latin repudiationem (nominative repudiatio) "a rejection, refusal," noun of action from past-participle stem of repudiare (see repudiate). Meaning "action of disowning" is by 1850; specifically as "disavowal of an obligation, as of a debt lawfully contracted," by 1843, often originally of U.S. states during the financial crisis of 1837-43.

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Definitions of repudiation from WordNet

repudiation (n.)
rejecting or disowning or disclaiming as invalid;
Congressional repudiation of the treaty that the President had negotiated
Synonyms: renunciation
repudiation (n.)
refusal to acknowledge or pay a debt or honor a contract (especially by public authorities);
the repudiation of the debt by the city
repudiation (n.)
the exposure of falseness or pretensions;
Synonyms: debunking
From wordnet.princeton.edu