AskDefine | Define abolishment

Dictionary Definition

abolishment n : the act of abolishing a system or practice or institution (especially abolishing slavery); "the abolition of capital punishment" [syn: abolition]

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Etymology

Compare French abolissement m

Noun

  1. The act of abolishing; abolition; destruction. - Hooker

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Extensive Definition

Abolish is the act of formally repealing an existing practice legal means, either by making it illegal, or simply no longer allowing it to exist in any form.
Famous things that have been abolished include:
Issue that are topics of debate over their possible abolition include:
A common and usually uncontroversial act of abolition is the abolition of electoral districts during redistricting.
abolishment in French: Abolition
abolishment in Dutch: Abolitionisme
abolishment in Portuguese: Abolição
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