- The definition of abnegation is the act of self-sacrificing by giving up your own interests.
An example of abnegation is when a successful lawyer gives up her practice in order to become a missionary.
abnegation definition by Webster's New World
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a giving up of rights, etc.; self-denial; renunciation
Origin: Middle English abnegacioun ; from Late Latin abnegatio: see abnegate
abnegation definition by American Heritage Dictionary