abolish

verb
abol·​ish | \ ə-ˈbä-lish How to pronounce abolish (audio) \
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 \ ə-​ˈbä-​li-​shə-​bəl How to pronounce abolishable (audio) \ adjective
abolisher noun
abolishment \ ə-​ˈbä-​lish-​mənt How to pronounce abolishment (audio) \ 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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Both men were originally sentenced to death, but re-sentenced to life in prison without parole after the legislature abolished the death penalty. Dave Altimari, courant.com, "Supreme Court sets October date for Cheshire murderer’s request for new trial in Petit case," 17 Sep. 2019 That plan, however, relied on a $48 million commitment from the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, which was abolished in 2011. J.k. Dineen, SFChronicle.com, "New vision for two megaprojects: One development of almost 4,000 homes across SF and San Mateo counties," 16 Sep. 2019 This includes legalizing marijuana, sentencing reforms, and abolishing private prisons. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need to Know About Kamala Harris's Policies Before the Election," 13 Sep. 2019 But she’s also taken controversial positions, particularly her calls to abolish the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which runs the detention facilities at the border. Laura Krantz, BostonGlobe.com, "Insider or outsider? Ayanna Pressley might be trying to have the best of both worlds," 22 July 2019 The population took root when Japanese immigrants began arriving in 1908, a solution to a labor shortage on Sao Paulo coffee plantations after Brazil finally abolished slavery in 1888. Jill Langlois, Los Angeles Times, "In Brazil, land of beaches and samba, a sumo wrestling academy thrives," 10 Sep. 2019 But what was distinctive was that America became a birthplace of a movement to abolish slavery. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Doing the math while debating teachers’ salaries (9/8/19)," 8 Sep. 2019 In 1864, voters in Louisiana approved a new state constitution abolishing slavery. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 5 Sep. 2019 That's why the group successfully lobbied for a new Texas law that abolished a provision that allowed state agencies to not renew professional licenses for teachers, social workers, nurses and others who defaulted on student loans. Dallas News, "Texas college students take on too much debt, with the heaviest burden on black families, study finds," 24 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce abolish (audio) \
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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