re·scind /ri-'sind/ vb [Latin rescindere to cut loose, annul, from re- away, back + scindere to cut, split]
1: to take back and make void
rescind ed its suspension of his license
2: to abrogate (a contract or transaction) by mutual agreement, judicial decree, or unilateral declaration because of fraud, mistake, duress, misrepresentation, illegality, a breach, or another sufficient ground with both parties restored to their positions before the contract was made
denied that the other party had the right to rescind the contract compare cancel, terminate
3: to make void by the same or by a superior authority
rescind a regulation
vi: to rescind something (as a contract)
re·scind·able /-'sin-də-bəl/ adj

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb abolish, abrogare, abrogate, annul, call back, cancel, countermand, counterorder, cut off, cut short, declare null and void, disannul, discard, disestablish, dismiss, dissolve, do away with, end, erase, invalidate, negate, nullify, obliterate, override, overrule, quash, recall, recant, remove, render invalid, renege, renounce, repeal, repudiate, rescindere, retract, reverse, revoke, set aside, sweep aside, take back, vacate, void, wipe out, withdraw associated concepts: rescind a contract, rescind an offer II index abate (extinguish), abolish, adeem, annul, cancel, disavow, discharge (release from obligation), disclaim, disinherit, disown (deny the validity), invalidate, negate, nullify, overrule, quash, recall (call back), recant, renege, repeal, revoke, vacate (void), vitiate, withdraw

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To revoke or cancel a contract or agreement.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

To cancel a contract by mutual agreement of the parties, putting them the positions they would have occupied had the contract not existed.
Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations → Self-Employed Consultants & Contractors
Category: Representing Yourself in Court
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

v. To cancel a contract, whether unilaterally or by mutual agreement and restore both parties to status quo ante
(the positions they would have been in if the contract had never existed).
See also rescission.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

To declare a contract void—of no legal force or binding effect—from its inception and thereby restore the parties to the positions they would have occupied had no contract ever been made.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

To declare a contract void—of no legal force or binding effect—from its inception and thereby restore the parties to the positions they would have occupied had no contract ever been made.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   to cancel a contract, putting the parties back to the position as if the contract had not existed. Both parties rescind a contract by mutual agreement, since a unilateral cancellation of a contract is a "breach" of the contract and could result in a lawsuit by the non-cancelling party.
   See also: rescission

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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