Abrogate Definition

abrogated, abrogates, abrogating
To abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority.
American Heritage
To cancel or repeal by authority; annul.
Webster's New World
To annul, cancel, destroy, overturn, repeal, revoke, set aside, supercede, or otherwise do away with or put an end to.
Webster's New World Law
To abolish a custom or law by some authoritative, formal, legislative, or other legally effective method.
Webster's New World Law

To annul by an authoritative act; to abolish by the authority of the maker or her or his successor; to repeal; — applied to the repeal of laws, decrees, ordinances, the abolition of customs, etc. [First attested in the early 16th century.]


(obsolete) Abrogated; abolished. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]


Origin of Abrogate

  • First attested in 1526, from Middle English abrogat (“abolished”), from Latin abrogātus, perfect passive participle of abrogō (“repealed”), formed from ab (“away”) + rogō (“ask, inquire, propose”). See rogation.

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin abrogāre abrogāt- ab- away ab–1 rogāre to ask reg- in Indo-European roots

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

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