Legal Definition and Related Resources of Repeal

Meaning of Repeal

Annulling or the abrogation or the revocation of a statute by the enactment of a subsequent statute which latter one expressly declares that the former one is repealed. Repeal may be express or by implication . A prior statute is said to be repealed by implication if its provisions are wholly incompatible with the subsequent one, of if the two statutes, standing together, would lead to wholly absurd consequences, or if the entire subject matter is taken away by the subsequent statute. However, the courts are reluctant to hold in favor of a repeal by implication. As far as possible, courts try to construe the latter statute in a manner consistent with the earlier enactment and favor any reasonable construction which offers an escape from repeal by implication. City of St. Louis v Kellman, 139 S. W. 443, 235 Mo. 687.

Repeal Alternative Definition

The abrogation or destruction of a law by a legislative act. 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, or which, though reconcilable, are manifestly designed to furnish an exclusive rule. A law may be repealed by implication, by an affirmative as well as by a negative statute, if the substance, is inconsistent with the old statute. 1 Ohio, 10; 2 Bibb (Ky.) 96; Harper (S. C.) 101; 4 Wash. C. C. (U. S.) 691. Repeal is express where the repealing act explicity refers to an existing law, and declares its repeal. Where statutes are repugnant, there is, of course, an implied repeal. An implied repeal also results from an act covering the whole subject matter, and obviously designed as a substitute (84 111. 590; 123 N. Y. 485), or by a revision or codification of the law (78 Wis. 457; 30 Vt. 344).

Synonyms of Repeal


  • abolish
  • abrogare
  • abrogate
  • annul
  • avoid
  • cancel
  • countermand
  • declare null and void
  • delete
  • eliminate
  • formally withdraw
  • invalidate
  • make void
  • negate
  • nullify
  • obliterate
  • officially withdraw
  • override
  • overrule
  • quash
  • recall
  • render invalid
  • rescind
  • rescindere
  • retract
  • reverse
  • revoke
  • set aside
  • vacate
  • void
  • withdraw Associated Concepts: repeal a bylaw
  • repeal a law
  • repeal a statute
  • repeal by implication foreign phrases: Leges posteriores priores contrarias abrogant
  • Subsequent laws repeal prior laws that are repugnant to them
  • Jura eodem modo destituuntur quo constituuntur
  • Laws are abrogated by the same means by which they are enacted

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Abrogate, Derogate, Derogation, Reverse, Supersede.


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  • Police
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Definition of Repeal

The deletion, omission, or reduction in scope of an existing law by a subsequent law.


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