abolish

verb
abol·​ish | \ ə-ˈbä-lish \
abolished; abolishing; abolishes

Definition of abolish

transitive verb

: to end the observance or effect of (something, such as a law) : to completely do away with (something) : annul abolish a law abolish slavery

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Other Words from abolish

abolishable \ -​li-​shə-​bəl \ adjective
abolisher noun
abolishment \ -​mənt \ noun

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

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But gradually in the course of the nineteenth century, more European countries abolished serfdom, including in Russia, in 1861. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "What If There Were No Borders?," 30 Nov. 2018 The climber was among about 40 demonstrators who earlier unfurled a banner calling for abolishing the federal government's chief immigration enforcement agency, said Jay W. Walker, an organizer with Rise and Resist, which arranged the demonstration. Jennifer Peltz And Jake Pearson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Protester climbs up Statue of Liberty in defense of border families," 5 July 2018 Prominent Democrats have also called to abolish ICE and reform the country's immigration system. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "'#AbolishICE,' urges vandalized Louisville billboard amid protests," 4 July 2018 Calls to abolish the agency are short-sighted and wrong. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "Gavin Newsom calls for ‘fundamental reforms’ for ICE," 3 July 2018 Last April, President Trump called on Senate Republicans to abolish the filibuster for legislation. Christopher Demuth Sr., National Review, "Repairing Our Fractured Politics," 11 Jan. 2018 The committee also placed limits on legislators’ outside income, starting in 2020, and abolished most stipends that are paid for chairing committees or holding leadership roles. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Lawsuit Targets State Lawmakers’ Pay Raises," 14 Dec. 2018 That’s led more states and law enforcement officials to pull back or abolish the use of the death penalty. German Lopez, Vox, "2018 was the 4th year in a row with fewer than 30 executions nationwide," 14 Dec. 2018 In Europe, this started to change after the French Revolution, which abolished feudalism and serfdom. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "What If There Were No Borders?," 30 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of abolish

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abolish

Middle English abolysshen, borrowed from Middle French aboliss-, stem of abolir "to abolish," borrowed from Latin abolēre "to destroy, efface, put an end to," perhaps formed from abolēscere "to shrivel up, be effaced, fall into disuse," from ab- ab- + -ol-, medial form of the base of alere "to nourish, bring up" + -ēsc-, inchoative suffix — more at old entry 1

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The first known use of abolish was in the 15th century

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abolish

verb
abol·​ish | \ ə-ˈbä-lish \
abolished; abolishing

Kids Definition of abolish

: to do away with : put an end to abolish discrimination

abolish

transitive verb
abol·​ish

Legal Definition of abolish

: to end the observance or effect of : annul

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