noun, often attributive
elim·​i·​na·​tion | \ i-ˌli-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce elimination (audio) \

Definition of elimination

: the act, process, or an instance of eliminating or discharging: such as
a : the act of discharging or excreting waste products from the body
b : the removal from a molecule of the constituents of a simpler molecule ethylene is formed by the elimination of water from ethanol — compare addition sense 4

Examples of elimination in a Sentence

the elimination of waste products from the body
Recent Examples on the Web Russia says preserving the cease-fire in Idlib depends on the elimination of thousands of militants. Time, "Russia Is Trying to Sell Turkey Its Own Stealthy New Fighter After U.S. Revoked Access to F-35," 27 Aug. 2019 Across state government, Dunleavy’s initial vetoes led to the elimination of 68 positions, 23 filled and 45 vacant. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska groups scramble to rehire and restart programs after funding was vetoed, then restored," 24 Aug. 2019 Closing the two labs has resulted in the elimination of five other staff members' jobs because those positions are supported by research grants that have to be terminated, according to UK. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "University of Kentucky says professors fabricated federally funded cancer research," 23 Aug. 2019 Sadly, since its implementation, the policy has resulted in the elimination of nearly every women’s social organization previously available to female students. Erin Hawley, National Review, "Harvard’s Ban on Single-Sex Organizations Hurts Women," 19 Aug. 2019 The new schedule would not necessarily result in an elimination of a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), Hamilton said. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Huntsville council approves new city salary schedule," 8 Aug. 2019 Overall, the layoffs represent more than two-thirds of the research subsidiary's U.S. workforce, amounting to the elimination of more than 600 jobs, Reuters first reported Monday. Dallas News, "'Mass layoff' hits Huawei's Plano-based research arm Futurewei amid trade crackdown," 25 July 2019 Competing in her third World Cup, Rapinoe had scored all four U.S. goals over the first two games of the knockout stage, staving off elimination by Spain and then France. Liz Clarke, The Denver Post, "Clarke: “Equal pay!” chant stands out after U.S. Women’s World Cup victory," 7 July 2019 West Boynton rallied from a five-run deficit and had a 7-6 walk-off win against Delray National to stave off elimination. Alex Kushel, sun-sentinel.com, "West Boynton Little League takes home hardware," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of elimination

1627, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of elimination

: the act or process of removing something or someone


elim·​i·​na·​tion | \ i-ˌli-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce elimination (audio) \

Kids Definition of elimination

1 : the act or process of excluding or getting rid of
2 : a getting rid of waste from the body


elim·​i·​na·​tion | \ i-ˌlim-ə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce elimination (audio) \

Medical Definition of elimination

1 : the act of discharging or excreting waste products or foreign substances from the body
2 eliminations plural : bodily discharges including urine, feces, and vomit
3 : the removal from a molecule of the constituents of a simpler molecule ethylene is formed by the elimination of water from ethanol

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