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tr.v. dis·a·vowed, dis·a·vow·ing, dis·a·vows
1. To disclaim knowledge of, responsibility for, or association with: "The American communists ... promoted Roosevelt's reelection in 1944—although Roosevelt formally disavowed their support" (Donald A. Ritchie).
2. To assert to be wrong or of little value: "After 1920 his style changed almost completely, and he disavowed his early works" (Mary V. Dearborn).

[Middle English disavowen, from Old French desavouer : des-, dis- + avouer, to avow; see avow.]

dis′a·vow′a·ble adj.
dis′a·vow′al n.
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(ˌdɪs əˈvaʊ əl)

repudiation; denial.
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Noun1.disavowal - denial of any connection with or knowledge of
denial - the act of refusing to comply (as with a request); "it resulted in a complete denial of his privileges"
abjuration, recantation, retraction - a disavowal or taking back of a previous assertion
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noun denial, rejection, contradiction, disclaimer, renunciation, retraction, repudiation, gainsaying (archaic or literary), recantation, abjuration a public disavowal of his beliefs
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[ˌdɪsəˈvaʊəl] N
1. (= rejection) → abdicación f
2. (= denial) → desmentido m
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[ˌdɪsəˈvaʊəl] n (= repudiation) [story, claim] → désaveu m
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nVerleugnung f; (of one’s words)Ableugnung f
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In this case she perhaps would not know of the existence of the papers, and I welcomed that presumption--it made me feel more safe with her-- until I remembered that we had believed the letter of disavowal received by Cumnor to be in the handwriting of the niece.
Pyotr Petrovitch had the good sense to accept the disavowal. He made up his mind to take leave in another minute or two.
I saw plainly how you would look; and heard your impetuous republican answers, and your haughty disavowal of any necessity on your part to augment your wealth, or elevate your standing, by marrying either a purse or a coronet."
Mr Plornish, with a modest disavowal of his merits, opened the room door for her readmission, and followed her in with such an exceedingly bald pretence of not having been out at all, that her father might have observed it without being very suspicious.
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'Disavowal of established legal and normative frameworks regulating strategic goods and technologies only undermines the global rules-based order,' he further said.