- 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.
Origin of abolishMiddle 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
transitive verba·bol·ished, a·bol·ish·ing, a·bol·ish·es
- To do away with; put an end to; annul: voted to abolish the tax.
- Archaic To destroy completely.
Origin of abolishMiddle English abolisshen, from Old French abolir, aboliss-, from Latin abolēre; see al-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present abolishes, present participle abolishing, simple past and past participle abolished)
- To end a law, system, institution, custom or practice. [First attested from around 1350 to 1470.]
- Slavery was abolished in the nineteenth century.
- 2002, William Schabas, The abolition of the death penalty in international law (Cambridge University Press):
- (archaic) To or destroy, as a physical object; to wipe out. [First attested from around 1350 to 1470.]
abolish - Legal Definition