The act of a person or branch of government renouncing or abandoning an office, trust, sovereignty, privileges, or duties to which he or she is entitled, holds, or possesses by law.
Webster's New World Law
The act of abdicating; the renunciation of a high office, dignity, or trust, by its holder. [First attested in the early 17th century.]
The voluntary renunciation of sovereign power; as, abdication of the throne, government, power, authority. [First attested in the late 17th century.]
Other Word Forms of Abdication
Origin of Abdication
First attested in 1552. From Latin abdicātiō (“renunciation"), from abdicō. Compare French abdication below.
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