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 for renunciation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Renunciation \Re*nun`ci*a"tion\ (r?-n?n`s?-?"sh?n or
     -sh?-?"sh?n; 277), n. [Cf. F. renonciation, L. renuntiatio
     ann announcement. See Renounce.]
     1. The act of renouncing.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Law) Formal declination to take out letters of
        administration, or to assume an office, privilege, or
        right.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Syn: Renouncement; disownment; disavowal; disavowment;
          disclaimer; rejection; abjuration; recantation; denial;
          abandonment; relinquishment.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  renunciation
      n 1: rejecting or disowning or disclaiming as invalid;
           "Congressional repudiation of the treaty that the President
           had negotiated" [syn: repudiation, renunciation]
      2: the state of having rejected your religious beliefs or your
         political party or a cause (often in favor of opposing
         beliefs or causes) [syn: apostasy, renunciation,
         defection]
      3: an act (spoken or written) declaring that something is
         surrendered or disowned [syn: renunciation, renouncement]
      4: the act of renouncing; sacrificing or giving up or
         surrendering (a possession or right or title or privilege
         etc.) [syn: renunciation, forgoing, forswearing]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  118 Moby Thesaurus words for "renunciation":
     abandonment, abdication, abeyance, abjuration, abjurement,
     abnegation, abrogation, absolute contradiction, annulment,
     apostasy, breakoff, capitulation, cease, ceasing, cessation,
     cession, close, closing, cold storage, constraint, contradiction,
     contrary assertion, contravention, controversion, countering,
     crossing, crossing-over, defection, degeneration, denial,
     desertion, desinence, desistance, disaffirmation, disallowance,
     disavowal, disclaimer, disclamation, discontinuance,
     discontinuation, disowning, disownment, dispensation, disposal,
     disposition, disproof, dropping out, dumping, eschewing,
     expatriation, forbearance, forbearing, forgoing, forswearing,
     frugality, gainsaying, getting rid of, giving in, giving over,
     giving up, golden mean, handing over, impugnment, letting go,
     moderateness, moderation, nonexercise, nothing in excess,
     nullification, palinode, palinody, recantation, recedence,
     recession, refutation, rejection, release, relinquishment,
     reneging, renouncement, reoccupy, repossess, repudiation,
     resignation, restraint, retake, retractation, retraction, retreat,
     revocation, revokement, riddance, sacrifice, self-abnegation,
     self-control, self-denial, self-discipline, self-mastery,
     self-restraint, self-sacrifice, shutdown, soberness, sobriety,
     sophrosyne, stopping, surcease, surrender, suspension,
     swearing off, temperance, temperateness, termination, treason,
     unsaying, waiver, withdrawal, withdrawing, yielding
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  RENUNCIATION. The act of giving up a right. 
       2. It is a rule of law that any one may renounce a right which the law 
  has established in his favor. To this maxim there are many limitations. A 
  party may always renounce an acquired right; as, for example, to take lands 
  by descent; but one cannot always give up a future right, before it has 
  accrued, nor to the benefit conferred by law, although such advantage may be 
  introduced only for the benefit of individuals. 
       3. For example, the power of making a will; the right of annulling a 
  future contract, on the ground of fraud; and the right of pleading the act 
  of limitations, cannot be renounced. The first, because the party must be 
  left free to make a will or not; and the latter two, because the right has 
  not yet accrued. 
       4. This term is usually employed to signify the abdication or giving up 
  of one's country at the time of choosing another. The act of congress 
  requires from a foreigner who applies to become naturalized a renunciation 
  of all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or 
  sovereignty, whereof such alien may, at the time, be a citizen or subject. 
  See Citizen; Expatriation; Naturalization; To renounce. 
  
  

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