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Definitions for abdicate
ˈæb dɪˌkeɪtab·di·cate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abdicate, renounceverb

    give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations

    "The King abdicated when he married a divorcee"

Wiktionary

  1. abdicateverb

    To surrender, renounce or relinquish, as sovereign power; to withdraw definitely from filling or exercising, as a high office, station, dignity; as, to abdicate the throne, the crown, the papacy.

    Note: The word abdicate was held to mean, in the case of James II, to abandon without a formal surrender.

  2. abdicateverb

    To formally separate oneself from or to divest oneself of.

  3. abdicateverb

    To reject; to cast off.

  4. abdicateverb

    To disclaim and expel from the family, as a father his child; to disown; to disinherit.

  5. abdicateverb

    To relinquish or renounce a throne, or other high office or dignity; to renounce sovereignty.

  6. Etymology: * First attested in 1541.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ABDICATEverb

    To give up right; to resign; to lay down an office.

    Etymology: Lat. abdico.

    Old Saturn, here, with upcast eyes,
    Beheld his abdicated skies. Addison.

Wikipedia

  1. abdicate

    Abdication is the act of formally relinquishing monarchical authority. Abdications have played various roles in the succession procedures of monarchies. While some cultures have viewed abdication as an extreme abandonment of duty, in other societies (such as pre-Meiji Restoration Japan), abdication was a regular event and helped maintain stability during political succession. Historically, abdications have occurred both by force (where the regnant was forced to abdicate on pain of death or other severe consequences) and voluntarily. Some rulers are deemed to have abdicated in absentia, vacating the physical throne and thus their position of power, although these judgements were generally pronounced by successors with vested interests in seeing the throne abdicated, and often without or despite the direct input of the abdicating monarch. Recently, due to the largely ceremonial nature of the regnant in many constitutional monarchies, many monarchs have abdicated due to old age, such as the monarchs of Spain, Cambodia, the Netherlands and Japan.

ChatGPT

  1. abdicate

    Abdicate refers to the act of formally relinquishing power, authority, or responsibility, particularly in the context of a monarch or higher official stepping down from their position or duties.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abdicateverb

    to surrender or relinquish, as sovereign power; to withdraw definitely from filling or exercising, as a high office, station, dignity; as, to abdicate the throne, the crown, the papacy

  2. Abdicateverb

    to renounce; to relinquish; -- said of authority, a trust, duty, right, etc

  3. Abdicateverb

    to reject; to cast off

  4. Abdicateverb

    to disclaim and expel from the family, as a father his child; to disown; to disinherit

  5. Abdicateverb

    to relinquish or renounce a throne, or other high office or dignity

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Abdicate

    ab′di-kāt, v.t. and v.i. formally to renounce or give up office or dignity.—adj. Ab′dicant.—n. Abdicā′tion. [L. ab, from or off, dicāre, -ātum, to proclaim.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abdicate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abdicate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of abdicate in a Sentence

  1. Adam Schiff:

    Nevertheless, this missile strike and the military action of our forces already in Syria, have yet to be authorized by Congress, congress cannot abdicate its responsibility any longer and should vote on any use of force not made in self defense. This is necessary whether action is taken against terrorist groups or, as here, against regime capabilities.

  2. Antony Dapiran:

    All of it speaks to the absence of leadership from the government, when the authorities either abdicate their responsibility or disappear, as the government did for weeks last year, and/or there's no trust in the authorities, this creates a vacuum.

  3. Julie Montagu:

    … The British are incredibly excited, listen, we’ve had sort of this bad rap as Americans, because of Wallis Simpson. So the British are like, ‘Another American divorcee. Look at what happened the last time.’ The last time King Edward had to abdicate because he wanted to marry the love of his life, and now Harry’s able to marry the love of his life without having to go through any red tape, and he immediately got the queen’s blessing.

  4. Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon:

    For this reason, I am requesting that for the good of Puerto Ricos, you abdicate your position and allow a peaceful transition of government to bring peace and tranquility to our island, which has been mired in a fiscal crisis, severely exacerbated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

  5. Marlene Dietrich:

    A king, realizing his incompetence, can either delegate or abdicate his duties. A father can do neither. If only sons could see the paradox, they would understand the dilemma.

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