Definition of abolition in US English:



  • The action or an act of abolishing a system, practice, or institution.

    ‘the abolition of child labor’
    • ‘Indeed I think the complexity of the system alone is reason for its abolition.’
    • ‘The film caused huge debate in Poland and was at least partially instrumental in the abolition of the death penalty.’
    • ‘They have written to New Forest District Council and demanded the immediate abolition of the fees.’
    • ‘The abolition of small courtesies leads inevitably to grosser aggression.’
    • ‘Among the major parties abolition of faith schools is inconceivable because they are too popular.’
    • ‘The abolition of the means test is supported by the savings industry.’
    • ‘The age discrimination law will mean the total abolition of the retirement age.’
    • ‘The abolition of polling stations means that people cannot be guaranteed the right to vote in privacy and security.’
    • ‘It also sought abolition of the roster system for the appointment of Urdu teachers.’
    • ‘The abolition of most grammar schools kicked away the ladder for children from poorer backgrounds.’
    • ‘I agree with the suffrage of women, the abolition of torture and so on.’
    • ‘The party has also argued for abolition of the House of Lords and refused to take seats in it.’
    • ‘The public wanted to retain the death penalty; parliament decreed its abolition.’
    • ‘We are campaigning for the abolition of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction.’
    • ‘The abolition of apartheid restored the legitimacy of the South African state.’
    • ‘The abolition of all prescription charges and home care charges for the disabled will also be of direct benefit.’
    • ‘Why not select several limited but hated taxes, totalling a few billion, and earmark them for abolition?’
    • ‘One of the proposals in the original draft dropped by the government was the abolition of the president's office.’
    • ‘They escaped the death penalty by only a couple of months as abolition took effect four weeks before their arrest.’
    • ‘The imminent abolition of the current transfer system will only increase a worrying trend.’
    scrapping, ending, stopping, doing away with, termination, eradication, elimination, extermination, destruction, annihilation, obliteration, quashing, extirpation
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Early 16th century: from Latin abolitio(n-), from abolere ‘destroy’.