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

  Repeal \Re*peal"\ (r?-p?l"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Repealed
     (-p?ld"); p. pr. & vb. n. Repealing.] [OF. repeler to call
     back, F. rappeler; pref. re- re- + OF. apeler, F. appeler, to
     call, L. appellare. See Appeal, and. cf. Repel.]
     1. To recall; to summon again, as persons. [Obs.]
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              The banished Bolingbroke repeals himself,
              And with uplifted arms is safe arrived. --Shak.
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     2. To recall, as a deed, will, law, or statute; to revoke; to
        rescind or abrogate by authority, as by act of the
        legislature; as, to repeal a law.
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     3. To suppress; to repel. [Obs.]
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              Whence Adam soon repealed
              The doubts that in his heart arose.   --Milton.
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     Syn: To abolish; revoke; rescind; recall; annul; abrogate;
          cancel; reverse. See Abolish.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Repeal \Re*peal"\, n.
     1. Recall, as from exile. [Obs.]
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              The tribunes are no soldiers; and their people
              Will be as rash in the repeal, as hasty
              To expel him thence.                  --Shak.
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     2. Revocation; abrogation; as, the repeal of a statute; the
        repeal of a law or a usage.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the act of abrogating; an official or legal cancellation
           [syn: abrogation, repeal, annulment]
      v 1: cancel officially; "He revoked the ban on smoking"; "lift
           an embargo"; "vacate a death sentence" [syn: revoke,
           annul, lift, countermand, reverse, repeal,
           overturn, rescind, vacate]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  45 Moby Thesaurus words for "repeal":
     abolish, abolition, abrogate, abrogation, annihilate, annul,
     annulment, bring to naught, cancel, cancellation, countermand,
     counterorder, disannul, dismantle, do away with, invalidate,
     invalidation, lift, make void, negate, negative, nullification,
     nullify, override, overrule, recall, recant, renege, rescind,
     rescindment, rescission, retract, reversal, reverse, revocation,
     revoke, set aside, suspend, undo, vacate, void, voiding, waive,
     withdraw, write off

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

  REPEAL, legislation. The abrogation or destruction of a law by a legislative 
       2. A repeal is express; as when it is literally declared by a 
  subsequent law or implied, when the new law contains provisions contrary to 
  or irreconcilable with those of the former law. 
       3. A law may be repealed by implication, by an affirmative as well as 
  by a negative statute, if the substance is inconsistent with the old 
  statute. 1 Ham. 10: 2 Bibb, 96; Harper, 101; 4 W. C. C. R. 691. 
       4. It is a general rule that when a penal statute punishes an offence 
  by a certain penalty, and a new statute is passed imposing a greater or a 
  lesser penalty, for the same offence, the former statute is repealed by 
  implication. 5 Pick. 168; 3 Halst. 48; 1 Stew. 506; 3 A. K. Marsh. 70; 21 
  Pick. 373. See 1 Binn. 601; Bac. Ab. Statute D 7 Mass. 140. 
       5. By the common law when a statute repeals another, and afterwards the 
  repealing statute is itself repealed, the first is revived. 2 Blackf. 32. In 
  some states this rule has been changed, as in Ohio and Louisiana. Civ. Code 
  of:Louis. art. 23. 
       6. When a law is repealed, it leaves all the civil rights of the 
  parties acquired under the law unaffected. 3. L. R. 337; 4 L. R. 191; 2 
  South. 689; Breese, App. 29; 2 Stew. 160. 
       7. When a penal statute is repealed or so modified as to exempt a class 
  from its operation, violations committed before the repeal are also 
  exempted, unless specifically reserved, or unless there have been some 
  private right divested by it. 2 Dana, 330; 4 Yeates, 392; 1 Stew. 347; 5 
  Rand. 657; 1 W. C. C. R. 84; 2 Virg. Cas. 382. Vide Abrogation; 18 Vin. Ab. 

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