To withdraw from an agreement or contract. Sometimes you can cancel a contract if the other party is in breach of the agreement, i.e. they have misrepresented the goods or services or provided faulty goods. Sometimes, the law gives automatic rights to cancel within a certain period of time, known as a " cooling off period" . Legal rights to cancel include contracts made at a distance (over the internet, phone or mail order), goods or services bought as a result of an unsolicited or uninvited visit to the home or credit agreements signed at home. At other times, the contract terms themselves may give you cancellation rights so always read contracts carefully.