- The definition of abolition is the act of stopping something, or the state of being stopped.
An example of abolition is a law that has been repealed.
- Abolition is defined as the ending of slavery.
An example of abolition is the passing of the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution in 1865 which made enslaving another person illegal.
- an abolishing or being abolished
- the abolishing of slavery in the U.S.
Origin of abolitionFrench or Classical Latin
- The act of doing away with or the state of being done away with; annulment.
- Abolishment of slavery.
Origin of abolitionLatin abolitiō, abolitiōn-, from abolitus, past participle of abolēre, to abolish; see abolish.
- The act of abolishing, or the state of being abolished; an annulling; abrogation; utter destruction; as, the abolition of slavery or the slave trade; the abolition of laws, decrees, ordinances, customs, taxes, debts, etc. [First attested around the early 16th century.]
- (historical, often capitalised, UK, US) The ending of the slave trade or of slavery. [First attested around the early 18th century.]
- (historical, often capitalised, Australia) The ending of convict transportation. [First attested around the late 18th century.]
The application of this word to persons is now unusual or obsolete.
abolition - Legal Definition
- The act of abolishing.
- The legal abolition and prohibition of slavery.
- The abolition of slavery in the United States by the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.