extinguishment

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

extinguish +‎ -ment

Noun[edit]

extinguishment (plural extinguishments)

  1. The act of extinguishing, putting out, or quenching, or the state of being extinguished.
    • 1868, Margaret Carrington, Ab-Sa-Ra-Ka, Land of Massacre
      [] surely there have been atrocities which demanded of the white man the punishment of the evil-doer; but far more have been the starvings and the flights and the extinguishments which have visited the Indian, for the offence of living []
  2. (law) The annihilation or extinction of a right or obligation.

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