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abolition +‎ -ism.


  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌæb.əˈlɪʃ.əˌnɪz.m̩/


abolitionism (countable and uncountable, plural abolitionisms)

  1. Support for the abolition of something; the tenets of abolitionists. [First attested in the early 19th century.][1]
    • 1991, Willem de Haan, "Abolitionism and Crime Control", in Kevin Martin Stenson, David Cowell, The Politics of Crime Control, SAGE (→ISBN), page 203:
      Abolitionism is based on the moral conviction that social life should not and, in fact, cannot be regulated effectively by criminal law [...]. As a social movement committed to the abolition of the prison or even the entire penal system, abolitionism originated in campaigns for prisoners' rights and penal reform.
    • 2006, Melissa Hope Ditmore, Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work, Greenwood Publishing Group (→ISBN), page 6:
      Abolitionism is still a powerful philosophy among contemporary feminists, both in the West and in the developing world.
  2. (historical, US) Support for the abolition of slavery.

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  1. ^ “abolitionism”, in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, →ISBN, page 6.