AskDefine | Define unsay

Dictionary Definition

unsay v : take back what one has said; "He swallowed his words" [syn: swallow, take back, withdraw] [also: unsaid]

User Contributed Dictionary



un- + say


  1. To not have said (since this is physically impossible usually in the subjunctive, as I wish I could unsay).
    There are somethings I'd like to unsay... to my boss... right before he decided to fire me.

Extensive Definition

Revocation is the act of recalling or annulling, the reversal of an act, the recalling of a grant, or the making void of some deed previously existing. It exists in both common law and civil law.

Canon law

This term is of wide application in canon law.
Grants, laws, contracts, sentences, jurisdiction, appointments are at times revoked by the grantor, his successor or superior according to the prescriptions of law. Revocation without just cause is illicit, though often valid.
Laws and customs are revoked when, owing to change of circumstances, they cease to be just and reasonable.
Concordats (q.v.) are revocable when they redound to the serious injury of the Church. Revocation of probation is a term used in the criminal justice system when one either completes their probationary term or violates the terms of probation and is incarcerated.
unsay in German: Abberufung
unsay in Portuguese: Revogação

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abjure, back down, back out, backwater, climb down, crawfish out, deny, disavow, disclaim, disown, eat crow, eat humble pie, forswear, palinode, recall, recant, renege, renounce, repudiate, retract, revoke, swallow, take back, withdraw
Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1