abolition

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested in 1529. Either from Middle French abolition, or directly from Latin abolitiō, from aboleō (destroy).[1] Compare French abolition. See abolish.

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Noun[edit]

abolition (plural abolitions)

  1. 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.][2]
  2. (historical, often capitalised, UK, US) The ending of the slave trade or of slavery. [First attested around the early 18th century.][2]
  3. (historical, often capitalised, Australia) The ending of convict transportation. [First attested around the late 18th century.][2]
  4. (obsolete) An amnesty; a putting out of memory. [Attested from the early 17th century to the early 19th century.][2]

Usage notes[edit]

The application of this word to persons is now unusual or obsolete.

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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 3-4
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 6

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

abolition f (plural abolitions)

  1. abolition.

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