What does abolish mean?

Definitions for abolish
əˈbɒl ɪʃabol·ish

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abolish, get rid ofverb

    do away with

    "Slavery was abolished in the mid-19th century in America and in Russia"


  1. abolishverb

    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. abolishverb

    To put an end to or destroy, as a physical object; to wipe out.

  3. Etymology: First attested in 1459. From abolisshen, from abolir, from abolere, present active infinitive of aboleo, from ab + oleo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ABOLISHverb

    Etymology: from aboleo, Lat. to blot out.

    For us to abolish what he hath established, were presumption most intolerable. Richard Hooker, b. iii. § 10.

    On the parliament’s part it was proposed, that all the bishops, deans, and chapters, might be immediately taken away, and abolished. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    The long continued wars, between the English and the Scots, had then raised invincible jealousies and hate, which long continued peace hath since abolished. John Hayward.

    That shall Perocles well requite, I wot,
    And, with thy blood, abolish so reproachful blot. Fairy Queen, b. ii. cant.
    4. stanza 45.

    More destroy’d than they,
    We should be quite abolish’d, and expire. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ii. l. 92.

    Or wilt thou thyself
    Abolish thy creation, and unmake
    For him, what for thy glory thou hast made? John Milton, b. iii. l. 163.

    Fermented spirits contract, harden, and consolidate many fibres together, abolishing many canals; especially where the fibres are the tenderest, as in the brain. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    Nor could Vulcanian flame
    The stench abolish, or the savour tame. John Dryden, Virg. Geo. iii.


  1. abolish

    To abolish means to formally put an end to or eliminate, particularly in relation to a system, practice, institution, or law. Essentially, it means to completely do away with something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abolishverb

    to do away with wholly; to annul; to make void; -- said of laws, customs, institutions, governments, etc.; as, to abolish slavery, to abolish folly

  2. Abolishverb

    to put an end to, or destroy, as a physical objects; to wipe out

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Abolish

    ab-ol′ish, v.t. to put an end to: to annul.—adj. Abol′ishable, capable of being abolished.—ns. Abol′ishment (rare); Aboli′tion, the act of abolishing; Aboli′tionism, advocacy of abolitionist principles; Aboli′tionist, one who seeks to abolish anything, esp. slavery. [Fr. abolir, aboliss—from L. abolēre, -itumab, from, olēre, to grow. The prep. ab here reverses the meaning of the simple verb.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'abolish' in Verbs Frequency: #753

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abolish in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abolish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of abolish in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Paine:

    To establish any mode to abolish war, however advantageous it might be to Nations, would be to take from such Government the most lucrative of its branches.

  2. Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex (1950):

    When we abolish the slavery of half of humanity, together with the whole system of hypocrisy it implies, then the "division" of humanity will reveal its genuine significance and the human couple will find its true form.

  3. Nisha Varia:

    The Indonesian armed forces should recognise that harmful and humiliating 'virginity tests' on women recruits do nothing to strengthen national security, president Joko Widodo should set the military straight and immediately abolish the requirement and prevent all military hospitals from administering it.

  4. Thomas Jefferson (The Declaration of Independence):

    Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends [life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness] it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government...

  5. Sean McElwee:

    She had an actual campaign strategy that revolved around ICE, and it was very smart, because( incumbent Rep. Joe) Crowley was weak on immigration and she knew that he would never be able to get where he needed to be to win that primary, so she just hammered him on it. She didn't shy away from saying it. She put it in her ads. She ran on the issue. She challenged him in the debate. I think' Abolish ICE' is where it is today because of her leadership.

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