ab·​o·​li·​tion | \ˌa-bə-ˈli-shᵊn \

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 , -​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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Sojourner Truth, a legendary orator who had a hand disability, lit the flames of modern feminism through speeches about women’s rights and the abolition of slavery. Ola Ojewumi, SELF, "I'm Celebrating My Disabled Black Girl Magic Because I'm Done Feeling Invisible," 7 Nov. 2018 Anarchism is a radical, revolutionary leftist political philosophy that advocates for the abolition of government, hierarchy, and all other unequal systems of power. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Anarchy: What It Is and Why Pop Culture Loves It," 7 Sep. 2018 Many of the protesters also called for the abolition of ICE, the agency that has come under fire recently amid the separation and detention of immigrant families at the US-Mexico border. J.d. Capelouto, BostonGlobe.com, "Protesters urge Northeastern to end contract with ICE," 11 July 2018 Last year, more than 70,000 Finnish people signed a petition calling for the abolition of daylight saving. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The EU Mulls Ditching Daylight Saving Time," 9 July 2018 Earlier, the authorities detained seven other demonstrators, members of a group called Rise and Resist, who hung a banner that called for the abolition of United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Benjamin Weiser, New York Times, "Statue of Liberty Protester Charged With Trespassing," 5 July 2018 The action's organizers also called for the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a federal agency responsible for interior immigration enforcement and for immigration detention facilities and deportations. Kate Morrissey, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Ten arrested in protest over Operation Streamline and family separation," 2 July 2018 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who beat House Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Joe Crowley in New York’s Democratic primary, ran on a platform that called for the abolition of ICE. Brittny Mejia, latimes.com, "'Even the cops don’t like us anymore': Under Trump, ICE is despised and divided," 30 June 2018 Here are some examples: SLAVERY Before abolition, children of black slaves were born into slavery and could be sold by owners at will. Washington Post, "AP Explains: US has split up families throughout its history," 20 June 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 \

Kids Definition of abolition

: a complete elimination of the abolition of war

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