Abolish Definition

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To do away with; put an end to; annul.
Voted to abolish the tax.
American Heritage
To do away with completely; put an end to; esp., to make (a law, etc.) null and void.
Webster's New World
To destroy completely.
American Heritage
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.
Webster's New World Law

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

Slavery was abolished in the nineteenth century.

Origin of Abolish

  • 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

  • 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

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