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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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  • They who have abdicated and have clung to their abdication have always lost by it.

    Phineas Finn Anthony Trollope
  • The fundamental condition of life is the innate heat, the abdication of which is death.

  • It was one last chance, and the King tore up the act of abdication.

  • We can't fire him, we don't dare to approach him to suggest his abdication.

    Trail's End George W. Ogden
  • England would not tolerate Bonaparte; she would not even tolerate his abdication in favour of his own son.

    The Bronze Eagle Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
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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