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