ab·​o·​li·​tion | \ ˌa-bə-ˈli-shᵊn How to pronounce abolition (audio) \

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

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Other Words from abolition

abolitionary \ -​ˈli-​shᵊn-​ˌer-​ē How to pronounce abolitionary (audio) , -​ˌe-​rē \ adjective

Examples of abolition in a Sentence

the abolition of a law calls for the abolition of the death penalty

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The left has called on candidates to support the abolition of the filibuster, in order to minimize the power of the opposition in the Senate. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "Mitch McConnell Looms Larger Than Donald Trump at the First Debate," 27 June 2019 There is no reason for 2 1/2-year delay in letting Texas know about the abolition of slavery, according to Juneteenth.com. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "What is June 19? An explanation of the holiday that commemorates the end of slavery," 18 June 2019 Not surprisingly, Germany, France and Austria—all countries whose firms have big investments in central Europe—are opposed to the abolition of intra-EU BITs, whereas Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary are all for it. The Economist, "Why the European Union should not ditch bilateral investment treaties," 6 June 2019 The majority at the Constitutional Convention upheld this view on matters ranging from the privileges and immunities clause to the abolition of the Atlantic slave trade. Nicholas Guyatt, The New York Review of Books, "‘No Property in Man’: An Exchange," 6 June 2019 People, including some who really should know better, routinely call for the abolition of political parties, believing them to be instruments of corruption and obstruction. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Wrong Bogeymen," 19 June 2019 And once Donald Trump won the presidency — and stamped his garish brand on deportation — a call for the abolition of internal immigration enforcement began steadily building within the Democratic grassroots. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Abolishing ICE Is About As Popular As Trump’s Immigration Agenda," 11 July 2018 The implication was that the abolition of ICE, a demand that started with left-wing activists and writers, would be a killer wedge issue against moderate Democrats. David Weigel, Washington Post, "Nobody knows how ‘abolish ICE’ plays politically," 29 June 2018 This is for Heather Heyer, ICE abolition, open borders, dismantling the prison industrial complex, and ending the settler colonial system. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Charlottesville Anniversary Events Are Scheduled in Charlottesville and Washington, D.C.," 10 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of abolition

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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ab·​o·​li·​tion | \ ˌa-bə-ˈli-shən How to pronounce abolition (audio) \

Kids Definition of abolition

: a complete elimination of the abolition of war

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