- The act of abrogating; a repeal by authority; abolition. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
1853, Herman Melville, Herman, Bartleby, the Scrivener, quoted in Billy Budd, Sailor and Other Stories, New York: Penguin Books, published 1968; reprint 1995 as Bartleby, ↑ISBN, page 2:
- […] I consider the sudden and violent abrogation of the office of Master in Chancery, by the new Constitution, as a __ premature act; inasmuch as I had counted on a life-lease of the profits, whereas I only received those of a few short years.
act of abrogating
- ^ “abrogation” 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 8.
abrogation f (plural abrogations)