AskDefine | Define repudiation

Dictionary Definition



1 rejecting or disowning or disclaiming as invalid; "Congressional repudiation of the treaty that the President had negotiated" [syn: renunciation]
2 refusal to acknowledge or pay a debt or honor a contract (especially by public authorities); "the repudiation of the debt by the city"
3 the exposure of falseness or pretensions; "the debunking of religion has been too successful" [syn: debunking]

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  1. The act of refusing to accept; the act of repudiating.
    The young man's repudiation of the church's doctrines caused a conflict between him and his religious parents.



Extensive Definition

Anticipatory repudiation (or anticipatory breach) is a term in the law of contracts that describes a declaration by one party (the promising party) to a contract that they do not intend to live up to their obligations under the contract. Where such an event occurs, the other party (the performing party) to the contract is excused from having to fulfill their obligations. However, the repudiation can be retracted by the promising party so long as there has been no material change in the position of the performing party in the interim. A retraction of the repudiation restores the performer's obligation to perform on the contract.
If the promising party's repudiation makes it impossible to fulfill its promise, then retraction is not possible and no act by the promising party can restore the performing party's obligations under the contract. For example, if A promises to give B a unique sculpture in exchange for B painting A's house, but A then sells the sculpture to C before B begins the job, this act by A constitutes an anticipatory repudiation which excuses B from performing. Once the sculpture has left A's possession, there is no way that A can fulfill the promise to give the sculpture to B.
The question arises as to why any party would want to provide notice of anticipatory breach. The reason is that once the performing party is informed of the anticipatory breach, a duty is then created for the performing party to mitigate damages as a result of the breach.
Another situation where anticipatory repudiation can occur is where a party has reason to believe the other party is not going to perform and requests reasonable assurances that the other party will perform. If such reasonable assurances are not given, it will constitute anticipatory repudiation, for which the performing party has various remedies including termination.
However, anticipatory repudiation only applies to an executory bilateral contract with non-performed duties on both sides. Additionally, the repudiation must be unequivocal.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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