One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Having the effect of abrogating something; of the nature of or characterized by abrogation; that repeals, abolishes, or cancels a law, practice, etc.
2Chiefly Immunology. Of the nature of abrogation. Especially in "abrogative effect".
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Robert Dallington (b. 1561), author and courtier. From classical Latin abrogāt-, past participial stem of abrogāre + -ive.
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