abolish

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verb abol·ish \ə-ˈbä-lish\

Definition of abolish

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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>

Origin and Etymology of abolish

Middle English abolisshen, from Medieval French aboliss-, stem of abolir, from Latin abolēre; probably akin to adolescere to grow up — more at adult


First Known Use: 15th century


ABOLISH Defined for Kids

abolish

play
verb abol·ish \ə-ˈbä-lish\

Definition of abolish for Students

abolished

abolishing

  1. :  to do away with :  put an end to <abolish discrimination>


Law Dictionary

abolish

transitive verb abol·ish

Legal Definition of abolish

  1. :  to end the observance or effect of :  annul



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