abolition

noun ab·o·li·tion \ ˌa-bə-ˈli-shᵊn \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of abolition

1 : the act of officially ending or stopping something : the act of abolishing something
  • abolition of the death penalty
2 : the abolishing of slavery
  • a proponent of abolition

abolitionary

play \-ˈli-shᵊn-ˌer-ē, -ˌe-rē\ adjective

Examples of abolition in a Sentence

  1. the abolition of a law

  2. calls for the abolition of the death penalty

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Origin and Etymology of abolition

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French abolition, borrowed from Latin abolitiōn-, abolitiō, from aboli-, variant stem of abolēre "to abolish" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns


ABOLITION Defined for Kids

abolition

noun ab·o·li·tion \ ˌa-bə-ˈli-shən \

Definition of abolition for Students

: a complete elimination of
  • the abolition of war


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