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, Britain, 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 sense "amnesty", and in general any reference to "abolition of" a person, is now obsolete or unusual.
act of abolishing
abolition of slavery and the slave trade
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Translations to be checked
- ^ Elliott K. Dobbie, C. William Dunmore, Robert K. Barnhart, et al. (editors), Chambers Dictionary of Etymology (Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, 2004 , ISBN 0550142304), page 3-4
- “abolition” 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 978-0-19-860457-0, page 6.