to do away with; put an end to; annul; make void:
to abolish slavery.
Contemporary Examples

You even propose to abolish the teaching of history and literature, two basic humanities.
Alain de Botton on the Benefits of Religion Without God The Daily Beast March 9, 2012

If you call today, Cruz will help to defeat Obamacare; but if you call right now, Cruz will work to abolish the IRS.
Paul, Cruz Duel at ‘Values Voter’ Event Olivia Nuzzi September 25, 2014

To achieve the same scale of cut in the United States, we’d have to abolish both Social Security and Medicare.
How the Euro Crisis Will Affect You David Frum May 20, 2012

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has claimed that Agenda 21 sought to abolish “golf courses, grazing pastures, and paved roads.”
Agenda 21: The U.N. Conspiracy That Just Won’t Die Caitlin Dickson April 12, 2014

Homeschoolers would likely be exempt, then, but we do need to abolish the Classics Major.
St. Hippolytus’ Careers Christians Should Never Have Candida Moss May 3, 2014

Historical Examples

They will abolish themselves when their work is done, but not before.
Daily Thoughts Charles Kingsley

Then there was a debate upon the proposition to abolish the mission to Rome.
Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 11, June 11, 1870 Various

The House of Lords threw out a bill to abolish the purchase of commissions in the army.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 1 Various

It is the highest power of divine moments that they abolish our contritions also.
Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson

And this is an order with all kings that now are, or shall succeed, unless they abolish this cruel custom.
The Strange Adventures of Andrew Battell Andrew Battell

(transitive) to do away with (laws, regulations, customs, etc); put an end to

mid-15c., from Middle French aboliss-, present participle stem of abolir “to abolish” (15c.), from Latin abolere “destroy, cause to die out, retard the growth of,” perhaps from ab- “from” (see ab-) + adolere “to grow,” from PIE *ol-eye-, causative of root *al- “to grow, nourish” (see old), and perhaps formed as an antonym to adolere. But the Latin word rather could be from a root in common with Greek ollymi, apollymi “destroy.” Tucker writes that there has been a confusion of forms in Latin, based on similar roots, one meaning “to grow,” the other “to destroy.” Application to persons and concrete objects has long been obsolete. Related: Abolished; abolishing.

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