abolish

verb abol·ish \ ə-ˈbä-lish \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

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

abolishable

play \-li-shə-bəl\ adjective

abolisher

noun

abolishment

play \-mənt\ noun

Examples of abolish in a Sentence

  1. He is in favor of abolishing the death penalty.

  2. the U.S. abolished slavery by constitutional amendment on December 6, 1865

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Origin and Etymology of 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 1old


ABOLISH Defined for Kids

abolish

verb abol·ish \ ə-ˈbä-lish \

Definition of abolish for Students

abolished; abolishing
: to do away with : put an end to
  • abolish discrimination

Law Dictionary

abolish

transitive verb abol·ish

legal Definition of abolish

: to end the observance or effect of : annul


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