- The definition of abolish means to destroy, get rid of or to stop something.
An example of abolish would be the ending of slavery in 1865.
abolish definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English abolisshen ; from Old French aboliss-, extended stem of abolir ; from Classical Latin abolescere, to decay little by little, inceptive of abolere, to retard, destroy: formed, with ab-, from, to contrast with adolere, to increase, grow
abolish definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb a·bol·ished, a·bol·ish·ing, a·bol·ish·es
- To do away with; annul.
- To destroy completely.
Origin: Middle English abolisshen, from Old French abolir, aboliss-, from Latin abolēre; see al-2 in Indo-European roots.
- a·bolˈish·a·ble adjective
- a·bolˈish·er noun
- a·bolˈish·ment noun
abolish - Legal Definition