the act or fact of clearing away or out, as anything undesirable.
relief or deliverance from something.
good riddance, a welcome relief or deliverance from something: He's gone, and good riddance!

1525–35; rid1 + -ance

1. ouster, clearance, dislodgment.
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riddance (ˈrɪdəns)
the act of getting rid of something undesirable or unpleasant; deliverance or removal (esp in the phrase good riddance)

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see good riddance.

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Example sentences
The top-down educational hierarchy is increasingly obsolete, and good riddance.
Good riddance, but you should see the state of the flat.
Mailing letters, flushing a toilet, reading the last set of proofs-all have
  this sweetness of riddance.
Good riddance to a species that eats everything else to extinction and will not
  control its breeding.
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