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tr.v. re·pu·di·at·ed, re·pu·di·at·ing, re·pu·di·ates
1. To reject the validity or authority of: "Chaucer ... not only came to doubt the worth of his extraordinary body of work, but repudiated it" (Joyce Carol Oates).
2. To reject emphatically as unfounded, untrue, or unjust: repudiated the accusation.
3. To refuse to recognize or pay: repudiate a debt.
a. To disown (a child, for example).
b. To refuse to have any dealings with.

[Latin repudiāre, repudiāt-, from repudium, divorce.]

re·pu′di·a′tive adj.
re·pu′di·a′tor n.
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Adj.1.repudiative - rejecting emphatically; e.g. refusing to pay or disowning; "a veto is a repudiative act"
rejective - rejecting or tending to reject; "rejective or overcritical attitudes of disappointed parents"
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Cultural anti-revivalism is also not the way, for it is too hasty in its repudiative conclusion about African cultural heritage, and, as pointed out earlier, there are still some ideals worth adopting in African cultural heritage.
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Repudiative and negative attitudes based on parental control set negative behavioral examples for children, decrease their self-confidence and cause them to develop negative self-perception.