abolition

[ab-uh-lish-uhn]
noun
1.
the act of abolishing: the abolition of war.
2.
the state of being abolished; annulment; abrogation: the abolition of unjust laws; the abolition of unfair taxes.
3.
the legal prohibition and ending of slavery, especially of slavery of blacks in the U.S.

Origin:
1520–30; < Latin abolitiōn- (stem of abolitiō), equivalent to abolit(us) effaced, destroyed, past participle of abolēre (cf. abolish) + -iōn- -ion

abolitionary, adjective
nonabolition, noun
proabolition, adjective


1, 2. annihilation, eradication, elimination; nullification, invalidation, revocation, repeal.


2. establishment.
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abolition (ˌæbəˈlɪʃən)
 
n
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]
 
abo'litionary
 
adj
 
abo'litionism
 
n
 
abo'litionist
 
n, —adj

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abolition
1520s, from Fr. abolition, from L. abolitionem (nom. abolitio) "abolition," from abolitus, pp. of abolere (see abolish). Specific application to "opposition to the black slave trade as a political question" is first attested 1788.
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Example sentences
It was clearly made for promotion for the cause of abolition.
The abolition of the monarchy was part of their price.
Students and teachers responded by demanding the abolition of all for-profit
  education.
The idea now is to use the abolition of the tax shield to sweeten the end of
  the wealth tax.
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