Abdication meaning

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.
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The act of abdicating; the renunciation of a high office, dignity, or trust, by its holder. [First attested in the early 17th century.]
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The voluntary renunciation of sovereign power; as, abdication of the throne, government, power, authority. [First attested in the late 17th century.]
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Origin of abdication

  • First attested in 1552. From Latin abdicātiō (“renunciation"), from abdicō. Compare French abdication below.

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