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 \ -​li-​shə-​bəl How to pronounce abolishable (audio) \ adjective
abolisher noun
abolishment \ -​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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Bell had no intention of abolishing the department. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The State of American Trade Schools," 13 Mar. 2019 Before their arrests, all had become well-known for lobbying the government to allow women to drive and abolish a system of male guardianship over women. ... Rory Jones, WSJ, "Saudi Arabia Charges Women’s Activists in Widely Scrutinized Case," 13 Mar. 2019 Some have rallied behind free college, job guarantee programs, a $15 minimum hourly wage and abolishing — or at least reconstituting — the federal agency that enforces immigration laws. Steve Peoples, The Seattle Times, "Democrats lurch left on top policies as 2020 primary begins," 22 Jan. 2019 The Greek royals may not have technically reigned since 1974 when the monarchy was formally abolished, but that hasn't stopped them from living some very privileged lives. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Theodora of Greece Is Engaged to Lawyer Matthew Kumar," 16 Nov. 2018 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

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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 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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