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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The drop is particularly noticeable when comparing enrollment statistics before and after California abolished its affirmative action programs. Charlotte West, Teen Vogue, "What You Need to Know about Race and College Admissions," 27 Sep. 2018 Some Republicans say eliminating ICE would mean abolishing the borders and opening the country to crime, drugs, and terrorism. Chris Palmer, Philly.com, "For 'Abolish ICE' protesters and the targets of their ire, what's next?," 6 July 2018 For a chief executive whose party controls the Senate, when a Supreme Court justice retires it’s like pulling four of a kind in poker — especially now that the GOP has abolished filibuster rules for Supreme Court confirmations. Liz Goodwin, BostonGlobe.com, "Kennedy’s retirement gives Trump another chance to make long-term impact," 28 June 2018 Bloomberg View presents an editorial arguing that Congress should abolish the unjust practice of civil asset forfeiture. Bloomberg.com, "End America’s Most Un-American Policy: View (Audio)," 2 Aug. 2017 More importantly, is abolishing ICE a serious idea, or is it, as right-wing pundits insist, a knee-jerk anti-cop reaction to the immigration debate that will alienate moderate voters and lead to a political bloodbath for the ever-hapless Democrats. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "Why they risked everything to Occupy ICE | Will Bunch," 5 July 2018 Her major goal was abolishing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Bloomberg.com, "Ben Cardin Wins Maryland Senate Democratic Primary Over Chelsea Manning," 27 June 2018 After California's courts abolished the death penalty in 1972, he was first made eligible for parole in 1986 but has been rejected repeatedly. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Who killed Bobby Kennedy? His son RFK Jr. doesn't believe it was Sirhan Sirhan," 27 May 2018 The Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States, so naturally many were troubled by West's caption. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Lana Del Rey Calls Out Kanye West: 'Your Support of Donald Trump Is a Loss for the Culture'," 1 Oct. 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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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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