Abolish meaning

ə-bŏlĭsh
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.

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To do away with completely; put an end to; esp., to make (a law, etc.) null and void.
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To abrogate, annul, cancel, eliminate, put an end to, recall, repeal, or revoke, especially things of a seemingly permanent nature, such as customs, institutions, and usages.
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To destroy completely.
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(archaic) To or destroy, as a physical object; to wipe out. [First attested from around 1350 to 1470.]
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To do away with; put an end to; annul.

Voted to abolish the tax.

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To end a law, system, institution, custom or practice. [First attested from around 1350 to 1470.]

Slavery was abolished in the nineteenth century.

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Origin of abolish

  • Middle English abolisshen from Old French abolir aboliss- from Latin abolēre al-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English abolisshen, from Middle French abolir (“to abolish”), from Latin abolēre (“destroy, cause to die out”), present active infinitive of aboleō (“destroy, abolish”), abolesco (“to wither, to decay”), from ab (“from, away from”) + oleō (“to grow”).

    From Wiktionary