abdication

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

First attested in 1552. From Latin abdicātiō (renunciation), from abdicō[1]. Compare French abdication below.

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Noun[edit]

abdication (plural abdications)

  1. (obsolete) The act of disowning or disinheriting a child. [Attested from the mid 16th century until the mid 17th century.][2]
  2. The act of abdicating; the renunciation of a high office, dignity, or trust, by its holder. [First attested in the early 17th century.][2]
  3. The voluntary renunciation of sovereign power; as, abdication of the throne, government, power, authority. [First attested in the late 17th century.][2]
  4. (obsolete, law) The renunciation of interest in a property or a legal claim; abandonment. [Attested only in the mid 18th century.][2]
  5. (obsolete) The action of being deposed from the seat of power. [Attested only in the mid 17th century.][2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Elliott K. Dobbie, C. William Dunmore, Robert K. Barnhart, et al. (editors), Chambers Dictionary of Etymology (Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, 2004 [1998], ISBN 0550142304), page 2
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 3

French[edit]

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Noun[edit]

abdication f (plural abdications)

  1. abdication

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Interlingua[edit]

Noun[edit]

abdication (plural abdicationes)

  1. abdication