Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of abolishing; abolition; destruction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of abolishing or of putting an end to; abrogation; destruction; abolition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of abolishing a system or practice or institution (especially abolishing slavery)

Etymologies

From Middle French abolissement, from aboliss. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I would venture to guess that the reason why Selwyn Duke did not labor to provide a definition of "bigoted" in his last piece is becasue "bigoted" is already a defined word - even despite not having been analyzed and then completely re-defined by Dr. Kerwick in such a way that justifies its abolishment from the English vocabulary.

    Intellectual Conservative Politics and Philosophy

  • This name is, however, not well chosen, since none of the so-called Christian socialists hold to the fundamental principle of socialism, namely the abolishment of private ownership in the means of production.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • I seem to recall the abolishment of a certain low tax band too. if you bunch of lying cheating shysters hadn't spent the publics money like a bunch of drunken sailors on shore leave nobody would be putting up VAT in the first place.

    The Guardian World News

  • "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which bans openly gay troops from serving in the military, calling abolishment of the law "the right thing to do."

    ABC News: ABCNews

  • Only instead of the inflammatory word, "abolishment" how about the realistic, "phasing out of a well-intentioned but poorly devised plan" which really just ended up being a Ponzi scheme.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • Or just the opposite, you now stuck with light pockets, but the writing is something heavy that could never fit into wallets, you fightin' just to eat and the roaches start crawlin' in, but at least you didn't hack your craft down to an abolishment.

    The Dilemma

  • Here's a thought experiment: Take any proposed SS reform from the libertarian abolishment to Bush's 2% privitization.

    Social Security Debate, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • What a hoot to hear pundits who defended federally-subsidized Wall Street bonus contracts as sacrosanct now blithely calling for the abolishment of collective bargaining contracts for teachers.

    Craig Crawford: Greedy Teachers?

  • I see two good things in the bill, preventing denial for pre-existing conditions and the abolishment of lifetime maximums.

    Gregoire Blasts McKenna’s Health Care Reform Lawsuit « PubliCola

  • There's been mention of cuts (or outright abolishment) for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the Department of Education.

    Robbie Gennet: If Republicans Regain Control of Congress What Spending Would They Actually Cut?

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