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Repeal or new law

Isn't it more accurate to say "don't ask don't tell" is being replaced, not repealed? If it's repealed, the country goes back to the previous policy, which was asking, telling, and discharging. "Don't ask don't tell" is really being replaced with a new policy of "don't hold it against anyone".

Sooner or later, something else will be repealed in the sense that Prohibition and the national 55mph speed limit were repealed. (Local prohibitions in effect before the federal change were still in effect afterward. State speed limit laws were back in effect where the federal law no longer applied.) How will we describe it if the word "repeal" is transformed to mean something different?