From late Middle English abolisshen, from Middle French abolir, aboliss- (extended stem), from Latin abolēre (“to retard, check the growth of, (and by extension) destroy, abolish”), inchoative abolēscere (“to wither, vanish, (Classical) cease”), probably from ab (“from, away from”) + *olēre (“to increase, grow”) which is found only in compound.
- To end a law, system, institution, custom or practice. [First attested from around 1350 to 1470.]
- Slavery was abolished in the nineteenth century.
- 2002, William Schabas, The abolition of the death penalty in international law, Cambridge University Press, title:
- The abolition of the death penalty in international law
- (archaic) To put an end to or destroy, as a physical object; to wipe out. [First attested from around 1350 to 1470.]
- (to end a law, system, institution, custom or practice): abrogate, annul, cancel, dissolve, nullify, repeal, revoke
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- ^ “abolisshen, v.” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2018, retrieved 20 October 2019.
- ^ Laurence Urdang (editor), The Random House College Dictionary (Random House, 1984 , →ISBN), page 4
- ^ Philip Babcock Gove (editor), Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1976 , →ISBN), page 4
- “abolish” 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.