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[ab-ruh-geyt] /ˈæb rəˌgeɪt/
verb (used with object), abrogated, abrogating.
to abolish by formal or official means; annul by an authoritative act; repeal:
to abrogate a law.
to put aside; put an end to.
Origin of abrogate
1520-30; < Latin abrogātus repealed (past participle of abrogāre). See ab-, rogation, -ate1
Related forms
[ab-ruh-guh-buh l] /ˈæb rə gə bəl/ (Show IPA),
abrogation, noun
abrogative, adjective
abrogator, noun
nonabrogable, adjective
unabrogable, adjective
unabrogated, adjective
unabrogative, adjective
Can be confused
abdicate, abrogate, arrogate, derogate.
1. cancel, revoke, rescind, nullify, void, invalidate.
1. ratify, establish; preserve. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for abrogate
  • Express reservation of this option could make termination easier, but it makes it easier for all parties to abrogate.
  • Free parking placards abrogate the intent of these laws.
  • This is a step in the battle to abrogate or bring a reduction in the juke box license fees which now amount to a total of $160.
  • To overturn that law, they say, would abrogate the rights of all Californians.
  • Taking a tenure earning position at one institution allows us to abrogate your tenure under our system.
  • It asks that a 1956 law and city ordinance imposing the licenses and fees be abrogated.
  • There is a competitive advantage to abrogate onerous contracts.
  • I'm also looking forward to intensifying efforts from the right to abrogate the full faith and credit clause.
  • The government in Colombo is said now to be planning a referendum on whether to maintain the ceasefire or to abrogate it formally.
  • To not introduce the vast panorama of technology and media into the schools is to abrogate the very essence of education.
British Dictionary definitions for abrogate


(transitive) to cancel or revoke formally or officially; repeal; annul
Derived Forms
abrogation, noun
abrogator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin abrogātus repealed, from ab-1 + rogāre to propose (a law)
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Word Origin and History for abrogate

1520s, from Latin abrogatus, past participle of abrogare "to annul, repeal (a law)," from ab- "away" (see ab-) + rogare "propose a law, request" (see rogation). Form abrogen, from Old French abroger, is recorded from early 15c. Related: Abrogated; abrogating.

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