Legal Dictionary

abolish

Definition of abolish

Etymology

    From French abolir, from Latin abolere, from ab + olere ("to grow").

Pronunciation

  • (RP) IPA: /əˈbɒlɪʃ/
  • ə-bŏl'ĭsh, /@"bQlIS/
  • ə'bolish
  • Audio (US) [?]

Verb

to abolish (third-person singular simple present abolishes, present participle abolishing, simple past and past participle abolished)

  1. To do away with wholly; to annul; to make void; to end a law, system, custom or institution

    Slavery was abolished in the nineteenth century.
  2. (archaic) To put an end to or destroy, as a physical object; to wipe out.

    And with thy blood abolish so reproachful blot. - Edmund Spenser
    His quick instinctive hand Caught at the hilt, as to abolish him. - Alfred Tennyson

Synonyms

Related terms

  • abolisher
  • abolition
  • abolitionist

References:

  1. Wiktionary. Published under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.



SHARE THIS PAGE

TOP LEGAL TERMS THIS WEEK
1.     landed property
2.     common stock
3.     lex situs
4.     lex causae
5.     lex fori
6.     status quo
7.     buggery
8.     conclusive presumption
9.     interlocutory
10.     writ of seizure and sale