Unsay vs Undeclare - What's the difference?

unsay | undeclare |

As verbs the difference between unsay and undeclare

is that unsay is to withdraw, retract (something said) while undeclare is to reverse the process of declaring; to unsay.




  • To withdraw, retract (something said).
  • *1851 , Herman Melville, Moby-Dick :
  • *:And in the first place, you will be so good as to unsay that story about selling his head, which if true I take to be good evidence that this harpooneer is stark mad [...].
  • 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.
  • See also

    * retract * unspeak




  • To reverse the process of declaring; to unsay.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2007, date=February 4, author=Noah Feldman, title=Whose War Powers?, work=New York Times citation
  • , passage=The Constitution gives Congress the power to declare war; but does that include the power to undeclare it? }}
  • (transitive, computing, programming) To revoke the declaration of (a variable, namespace, etc.) so that it is no longer available.
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