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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Last year, the country's Federation of Bar Associations called for Japan's system of capital punishment to be abolished by 2020. Emiko Jozuka And Yoko Wakatsuki, CNN, "Murderers hanged in Japan's first executions of 2019," 2 Aug. 2019 But the office was created by Congress and can’t be abolished by the president. Jennifer Epstein, Fortune, "Trump to Nominate John Ratcliffe to Replace Dan Coats as National Intelligence Director," 28 July 2019 So last weekend’s news that they would be abolished was a complete surprise. The Economist, "Back to the old daysXi Jinping decides to abolish presidential term limits," 1 Mar. 2018 Missing from school, family, voting polls and work, the economic toll struck black families, even as some of the earlier hurdles, like housing discrimination were being abolished by law. Calvin Schermerhorn, Twin Cities, "Calvin Schermerhorn: Why the racial wealth gap persists more than 150 years after emancipation," 27 June 2019 Those who denounce the very concept of reparations err in focusing solely on slavery, ignoring the multitude of atrocities and abuses visited on black Americans since it was abolished. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Chicago’s place in the reparations debate," 26 June 2019 Wednesday was Juneteenth, the anniversary of that day in 1865 when news reached Texas that Abraham Lincoln had abolished slavery - more than two years earlier. Arnessa Garrett, Dallas News, "Paxton prosecutors don't get rehearing, Chip Roy's crusade continues, slavery reparations discussed, and Dallas feels fiscal squeeze," 20 June 2019 After the Civil War ended and slavery was abolished, the Africans longed to return to their home in West Africa. National Geographic, "Last American slave ship is discovered in Alabama," 22 May 2019 In 1972, after the 1-Y classification was abolished, his status changed to 4-F, a permanent disqualification. Steve Eder, The Seattle Times, "Did a Queens podiatrist help Donald Trump avoid Vietnam?," 26 Dec. 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 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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