Simple Definition of abolish
: to officially end or stop (something, such as a law) : to completely do away with (something)
Examples of abolish in a sentence
He is in favor of abolishing the death penalty.
<the U.S. abolished slavery by constitutional amendment on December 6, 1865>
Origin and Etymology of abolish
Middle English abolisshen, from Middle French aboliss-, stem of abolir, from Latin abolēre; probably akin to adolescere to grow up — more at adult
First Known Use: 15th century
Rhymes with abolish
ABOLISH Defined for Kids
Definition of abolish for Students
: to do away with : put an end to <abolish discrimination>
Legal Definition of abolish
: to end the observance or effect of : annul
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