AskDefine | Define revocation

Dictionary Definition



1 the state of being cancelled or annulled [syn: annulment]
2 the act (by someone having the authority) of annulling something previously done; "the revocation of a law"

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From revocationem (accusative of revocatio)


  1. The action of revoking.


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.
revocation in German: Abberufung
revocation in Portuguese: Revogação

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