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- First attested in 1529.
- Either from Middle French abolition, or directly from Latin abolitiō, from aboleō (“destroy”).
- Compare French abolition. See abolish.
abolition (plural abolitions)
- The act of abolishing, or the state of being abolished; an annulling; abrogation; utter destruction; as, the abolition of slavery or the slave trade; the abolition of laws, decrees, ordinances, customs, taxes, debts, etc. [First attested around the early 16th century.]
- (historical, often capitalised, UK, US) The ending of the slave trade or of slavery. [First attested around the early 18th century.]
- (historical, often capitalised, Australia) The ending of convict transportation. [First attested around the late 18th century.]
- (obsolete) An amnesty; a putting out of memory. [Attested from the early 17th century to the early 19th century.]
The application of this word to persons is now unusual or obsolete.
act of abolishing
Abolition of slave trade
emancipation of slaves
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abolition f (plural abolitions)