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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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Examples from the web for elimination
  • But so does the elimination of individualism, whether by law or custom.
  • The top robots advanced to the elimination round, and the losing robots were destroyed.
  • He was struck by the aversion of social scientists, in contrast, to seriously approach the problem of human elimination.
  • Googles one extra click will mean a steady elimination.
  • To reduce costs he urged elimination of high administrative expenses, unnecessary tests and services, and other inefficiencies.
  • They suggest that the elimination of these pace-changing opportunities may in fact be counterproductive for academic success.
  • Change has resulted not from emergence of variations, but from elimination of some of those variations.
  • With a physics department so gutted, the engineering programs' accreditation is the next likely candidates for elimination.
  • Any wholesale destruction of one part of the food chain will eventually mean elimination of us at the upper end.
  • These breakthroughs may make possible the elimination of the need for batteries of every variety.
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.

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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.

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