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[ih-lim-uh-ney-shuh n] /ɪˌlɪm əˈneɪ ʃən/
the act of eliminating.
the state of being eliminated.
Mathematics. the process of solving a system of simultaneous equations by using various techniques to remove the variables successively.
Sports. a game, bout, or match in a tournament in which an individual or team is eliminated from the competition after one defeat.
Origin of elimination
1595-1605; eliminate + -ion
Related forms
nonelimination, noun
preelimination, noun
proelimination, adjective Unabridged
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  • This emotional prelude was now followed by a definite crusade for the elimination of German goods.

    The War After the War Isaac Frederick Marcosson
  • These decreases have come out of the elimination of speculation and profiteering.

    Herbert Hoover Vernon Kellogg
  • The elimination of the Burgesses would have left them as absolute as had been Wingfield and the first Council.

    Virginia under the Stuarts 1607-1688 Thomas J. Wertenbaker
  • Such a goal can only be reached by resolute selection and elimination.

  • So with size added to the other elimination tests it must have made hard scratchin' at times.

British Dictionary definitions for elimination


the act of eliminating or the state of being eliminated
(logic) (qualified by the name of an operation) a syntactic rule specifying the conditions under which a formula or statement containing the specified operation may permit the derivation of others that do not contain it: conjunction-elimination, universal elimination
(chem) a type of chemical reaction involving the loss of a simple molecule, such as water or carbon dioxide
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Word Origin and History for elimination

c.1600, "a casting out," noun of action from eliminate. Meaning "expulsion of waste matter" is from 1855.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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elimination in Medicine

elimination e·lim·i·na·tion (ĭ-lĭm'ə-nā'shən)
The process of expelling or removing, especially of waste products from the body.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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