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[ab-di-key-shuh n] /ˌæb dɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
the act or state of abdicating; renunciation.
Origin of abdication
1545-55; < Latin abdicātiōn- (stem of abdicātiō). See abdicate, -ion
Related forms
nonabdication, noun Unabridged
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  • He is interpreting your allowing him up there as abdication of your pack leader status and he is taking advantage of it.
  • Workplace bullying of any kind is often accompanied by an abdication of managerial responsibilities.
  • Yet rather than contrition, there is nothing but posturing and abdication of any responsibility.
  • It's an abdication of responsibility, integrity, standards.
  • To argue against green jobs is to argue for government inaction or abdication on some of the biggest challenges of our time.
  • Getting divorced had come to be regarded as an act of cowardice, a failure of character, an abdication of responsibility.
  • The abdication of moral judgment could invite intrusive laws.
  • Her life was a history of abdication and lamentation.
  • The enthusiasm for testing of the last few years hasn't mitigated our abdication of responsibility.
  • Sure, the committee can fly through agenda items, but it's a total abdication of responsibility.
Word Origin and History for abdication

1550s, "a disowning," from Latin abdicationem (nominative abdicatio) "renunciation, abdication," noun of action from past participle stem of abdicare (see abdicate); sense of "resignation of sovereignty" is from 1680s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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