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[ih-lim-uh-neyt] /ɪˈlɪm əˌneɪt/
verb (used with object), eliminated, eliminating.
to remove or get rid of, especially as being in some way undesirable:
to eliminate risks; to eliminate hunger.
Antonyms: obtain, get, invite.
to omit, especially as being unimportant or irrelevant; leave out:
I have eliminated all statistical tables, which are of interest only to the specialist.
to remove from further consideration or competition, especially by defeating in a contest.
to eradicate or kill:
to eliminate the enemy.
Physiology. to void or expel from an organism.
Mathematics. to remove (a quantity) from an equation by elimination.
Origin of eliminate
1560-70; 1915-20 for def 4; < Latin ēlīminātus turned out of doors (past participle of ēlīmināre), equivalent to ē- e-1 + līmin-, stem of līmen threshold + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
[ih-lim-uh-nuh-bil-i-tee] /ɪˌlɪm ə nəˈbɪl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
eliminative, adjective
noneliminative, adjective
preeliminate, verb (used with object), preeliminated, preeliminating.
uneliminated, adjective
well-eliminated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for eliminative
Historical Examples
  • During a fast all of the eliminative functions of the body are exceedingly active.

    Vitality Supreme Bernarr Macfadden
  • Cathartics should be administered, and eliminative measures instituted such as the hot-blanket pack.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • Thus the tendency of the eliminative faculty is step by step upwards, until the superfluities reach the mouth.

  • What we have to ascertain is, that the principle of selective secretion is generally applicable to eliminative remedies.

    The Action of Medicines in the System Frederick William Headland
  • To interfere with the eliminative function of the skin by absolutely clogging the pores for a period of several hours means death.

    Vitality Supreme Bernarr Macfadden
  • It should however be observed, that they are the most powerful and the most useful of all eliminative medicines.

    The Action of Medicines in the System Frederick William Headland
  • Air baths are likewise valuable as a means of promoting activity in the eliminative function of the skin.

    Vitality Supreme Bernarr Macfadden
  • And it acts upon the glands as an eliminative; being a Diaphoretic and an Expectorant.

    The Action of Medicines in the System Frederick William Headland
  • Any material which is naturally eliminated would act as an eliminative medicine.

    The Action of Medicines in the System Frederick William Headland
  • These characters are natural in origin and natural also in having survived ages of eliminative selection.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
British Dictionary definitions for eliminative


verb (transitive)
to remove or take out; get rid of
to reject as trivial or irrelevant; omit from consideration
to remove (a competitor, team, etc) from a contest, usually by defeat
(slang) to murder in a cold-blooded manner
(physiol) to expel (waste matter) from the body
(maths) to remove (an unknown variable) from two or more simultaneous equations
Derived Forms
eliminable, adjective
eliminability, noun
eliminant, noun
eliminative, eliminatory, adjective
eliminator, noun
Usage note
Eliminate is sometimes wrongly used to talk about avoiding the repetition of something undesirable: we must prevent (not eliminate) further mistakes of this kind
Word Origin
C16: from Latin ēlīmināre to turn out of the house, from e- out + līmen threshold
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Word Origin and History for eliminative



1560s, from Latin eliminatus, past participle of eliminare "thrust out of doors, expel," from ex limine "off the threshold," from ex "off, out" (see ex-) + limine, ablative of limen "threshold" (see limit (n.)).

Used literally at first; sense of "exclude" first attested 1714; sense of "expel waste from the body" is c.1795. Related: Eliminated; eliminating; eliminative; eliminatory.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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