transitive verb
ab·​scind | \ abˈsind \

Definition of abscind

: to cut off

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First Known Use of abscind

1610, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abscind

borrowed from Latin abscindere “to tear off or away,” from ab- ab- entry 1 + scindere “to split, separate, tear apart,” going back to Indo-European *sḱhi-n-d-, nasal present formation from the base *sḱhei̯̯d- “split, separate”

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“Abscind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abscind. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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