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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of doing away with or the state of being done away with; annulment.
  • n. Abolishment of slavery.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of abolishing, or the state of being abolished; an annulling; abrogation; utter destruction

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of abolishing, or the state of being abolished; annulment; abrogation; utter destruction: as, the abolition of laws, decrees, ordinances, rites, customs, debts, etc.; the abolition of slavery.
  • n. In law: Permission to desist from further prosecution.
  • n. Remission of punishment; condonation.

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

Latin abolitiō, abolitiōn-, from abolitus, past participle of abolēre, to abolish; see abolish.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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