Meaning of ABOLITION in English


— abolitionary , adj.

/ab'euh lish"euhn/ , n.

1. the act of abolishing: the abolition of war.

2. the state of being abolished; annulment; abrogation: the abolition of unjust laws; the abolition of unfair taxes.

3. the legal prohibition and ending of slavery, esp. of slavery of blacks in the U.S.

[ 1520-30; abolition- (s. of abolitio ), equiv. to abolit ( us ) effaced, destroyed, ptp. of abolere (cf. ABOLISH) + -ion- -ION ]

Syn. 1, 2. annihilation, eradication, elimination; nullification, invalidation, revocation, repeal.

Ant. 2. establishment.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .