verb (used with object)
- to abrogate; annul; revoke; repeal.
- to invalidate (an act, measure, etc.) by a later action or a higher authority.
- (tr) to annul or repeal
1630s, from French rescinder “cut off, cancel” (15c.), and directly from Latin rescindere “to cut off, tear off, abolish,” from re- “back” (see re-) + scindere “to cut, split” (see shed (v.)). Related: Rescinded; rescinding.