Definition - What does Repeal mean?

To repeal is to void something.

In the context of the law, the word "repeal" is commonly used to describe the action of voiding a law or statute. This happens when legislators decide that they would like to make a change, and get rid of a particular law that was already in place.

Justipedia explains Repeal

Once a law or statute has been officially repealed, people are no longer obligated to meet its requirements.

An example of a famous law that was repealed was prohibition. This law was initially put into place in the form of the Eighteenth Amendment. It made the production, transport and sale of alcoholic beverages illegal. However, it was eventually repealed by the addition of the Twenty-First Amendment. After the Twenty-First Amendment was put into place, people could go back to producing, transporting and selling alcohol legally.

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