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[ab-di-keyt] /ˈæb dɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used without object), abdicated, abdicating.
to renounce or relinquish a throne, right, power, claim, responsibility, or the like, especially in a formal manner:
The aging founder of the firm decided to abdicate.
verb (used with object), abdicated, abdicating.
to give up or renounce (authority, duties, an office, etc.), especially in a voluntary, public, or formal manner:
King Edward VIII of England abdicated the throne in 1936.
1535-45; < Latin abdicātus renounced (past participle of abdicāre), equivalent to ab- ab- + dicātus proclaimed (dic- (see dictum) + -ātus -ate1)
Related forms
[ab-di-kuh-buh l] /ˈæb dɪ kə bəl/ (Show IPA),
[ab-di-key-tiv, -kuh-] /ˈæb dɪˌkeɪ tɪv, -kə-/ (Show IPA),
abdicator, noun
nonabdicative, adjective
unabdicated, adjective
unabdicating, adjective
unabdicative, adjective
Can be confused
abdicate, abrogate, arrogate, derogate.
1. resign, quit. 2. abandon, repudiate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for abdicated
  • He accused the city government of having abdicated its responsibility to enforce the law at the market.
  • If bad decisions are being made, then it's because politicians have abdicated their responsibilities as well as their conscience.
  • Instead, last month, the justices abdicated their legal and moral duty and declined to review the case.
  • The state has abdicated to local building officials what structures need a structural engineer.
  • In addition, the court found that the commissioner had abdicated his role as adjudicator by prejudging the issues in the case.
British Dictionary definitions for abdicated


to renounce (a throne, power, responsibility, rights, etc), esp formally
Derived Forms
abdicable (ˈæbdɪkəbəl) adjective
abdication, noun
abdicative (æbˈdɪkətɪv) adjective
abdicator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from the past participle of Latin abdicāre to proclaim away, disclaim
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Word Origin and History for abdicated



1540s, "to disown, disinherit (children)," from Latin abdicatus, past participle of abdicare "to disown, disavow, reject" (specifically abdicare magistratu "renounce office"), from ab- "away" (see ab-) + dicare "proclaim," from stem of dicere "to speak, to say" (see diction). Meaning "divest oneself of office" first recorded 1610s. Related: Abdicated; abdicating.

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