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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-uh-lish-uh n]
    • /ˌæb əˈlɪʃ ən/
    • /əˈbɒl.ɪʃ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-uh-lish-uh n]
    • /ˌæb əˈlɪʃ ən/

Definitions of abolition word

  • uncountable noun abolition The abolition of something such as a system or practice is its formal ending. 3
  • noun abolition the act of abolishing or the state of being abolished; annulment 3
  • noun abolition (in British territories) the ending of the slave trade (1807) or the ending of slavery (1833): accomplished after a long campaign led by William Wilberforce 3
  • noun abolition (in the US) the emancipation of the slaves, accomplished by the Emancipation Proclamation issued in 1863 and ratified in 1865 3
  • noun abolition an abolishing or being abolished 3
  • noun abolition the abolishing of slavery in the U.S. 3

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Origin of abolition

First appearance:

before 1520
One of the 28% oldest English words
1520-30; < Latin abolitiōn- (stem of abolitiō), equivalent to abolit(us) effaced, destroyed, past participle of abolēre (cf. abolish) + -iōn- -ion

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Parts of speech for Abolition


abolition popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 91% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for abolition

noun abolition

  • revocation — the act of revoking; annulment.
  • dissolution — the act or process of resolving or dissolving into parts or elements.
  • overthrow — to depose, as from a position of power; overcome, defeat, or vanquish: to overthrow a tyrant.
  • abrogation — the act or an instance of abrogating, or repealing: abrogation of the treaty's responsibility.
  • annulment — The annulment of a contract or marriage is an official declaration that it is invalid, so that legally it is considered never to have existed.

Antonyms for abolition

noun abolition

  • validation — to make valid; substantiate; confirm: Time validated our suspicions.
  • commencement — The commencement of something is its beginning.
  • confirmation — the act of confirming
  • institution — an organization, establishment, foundation, society, or the like, devoted to the promotion of a particular cause or program, especially one of a public, educational, or charitable character: This college is the best institution of its kind.
  • beginning — The beginning of an event or process is the first part of it.

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