Renunciation Law and Legal Definition

Renunciation is a term subject to different meanings. In the context of probate law, renunciations means giving up one's right to a gift or inheritance. In contract law, renunciation refers to as creditor relinquishing the right to collect a debt.

In criminal law, renunciation refers to abandoning the participation necessary to convict a person of a crime. It may also be an attempt to stop other participants from going ahead with the crime. Once the crime is underway, it is too late to attempt to renunciate one's culpability for participation in the crime.