Abolition



the act of :
the abolition of war.
the state of being ; annulment; abrogation:
the abolition of unjust laws; the abolition of unfair taxes.
the legal prohibition and ending of slavery, especially of slavery of blacks in the U.S.
Contemporary Examples

There is no goal of the abolition of the State of Israel, or even its transformation into one secular democratic state.
What’s So Wrong With BDS? Jerry Haber February 6, 2013

It has become almost a cliché since the 2000 election to call for abolition or reform of the Electoral College.
Too Soon For 2016! How To End Our Endless Presidential Election Season Raymond A. Smith January 25, 2013

abolition, he argues, “was too small a box to contain their aspirations.”
Did the Civil War Achieve Equality? Stephen Kantrowitz’s ‘More Than Freedom’ Eric Herschthal August 14, 2012

The acting President vetoed the abolition but the parliamentary move still rankles in Crimea.
Crimeans Are Resigned To Pro-Russia Vote Jamie Dettmer March 14, 2014

On that day, 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln ordered the abolition of slavery throughout the United States.
Did the Civil War Achieve Equality? Stephen Kantrowitz’s ‘More Than Freedom’ Eric Herschthal August 14, 2012

Historical Examples

An object always dear to Cuffe was the abolition of the slave trade.
The Journal of Negro History, Volume 8, 1923 Various

Will you then ostracize the South and compel the abolition of slavery?
Slavery Ordained of God Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.

Upper Canada was the first British possession to provide by legislation for the abolition of slavery.
The Journal of Negro History, Volume 5, 1920 Various

Among the first to espouse the abolition doctrines was Judge Tilden.
Cleveland Past and Present Maurice Joblin

Its abolition is referred to as a most important and beneficial change.
Woman under Monasticism Lina Eckenstein

noun
the act of abolishing or the state of being abolished; annulment
(often capital) (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
(often capital) (in the US) the emancipation of the slaves, accomplished by the Emancipation Proclamation issued in 1863 and ratified in 1865
n.

1520s, from Middle French abolition or directly from Latin abolitionem (nominative abolitio) “an abolition,” noun of action from past participle stem of abolere “destroy” (see abolish). Specific application to “opposition to the black slave trade as a political question” is first attested 1788.

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