|1.||the act of abolishing or the state of being abolished; annulment|
|2.||(often capital) (in British territories) the ending of the slave trade (1807) or the ending of slavery (1833): accomplished after a long campaign led by William Wilberforce|
|3.||(often capital) (in the US) the emancipation of the slaves, accomplished by the Emancipation Proclamation issued in 1863 and ratified in 1865|
|[C16: from Latin abolitio, from abolēre to destroy]|
|a fool or simpleton; ninny.|
|a gadget; dingus; thingumbob.|
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