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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
call for the abolition of sth
▪ Human Rights groups have called for the abolition of the death penalty.
▪ Today it is calling for the abolition of the Budget, dismissing it as an unnecessary annual charade.
▪ To expect Paul to call for the abolition of slavery at this point in time is to be guilty of unhistorical thinking.
▪ It demanded the abolition of the Family Code.
▪ It offers to those who demand quality the abolition of the Audit Commission, something to which it is pledged.
▪ A composite motion demanding the straight forward abolition of the block vote was defeated on a show of hands.
▪ Is it too imaginative to suppose that all these consequences would follow an abolition of the power to dissolve?
▪ We can not too strongly condemn such a practice and we recommend its total abolition ....
▪ We therefore recommend the abolition of this rule.
▪ The Law Commission has recommended the partial abolition of these rules.
▪ Governor Jeanne Shaheen vetoed the New Hampshire abolition law as soon as it was passed.
▪ Other changes included the abolition of the death penalty.
▪ Sadly, because of abolition, it was also the last.
▪ The abolition of the death penalty following the revolution remained intact.
▪ The completion of multilateral negotiations on the abolition of chemical weapons will be pursued.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Abolition \Ab"o*li"tion\, n. [L. abolitio, fr. abolere: cf. F. abolition. See Abolish.] The act of abolishing, or the state of being abolished; an annulling; abrogation; utter destruction; as, the abolition of slavery or the slave trade; the abolition of laws, decrees, ordinances, customs, taxes, debts, etc.

Note: The application of this word to persons is now unusual or obsolete

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


n. 1 The act of abolish, or the state of being abolished; an annul; abrogation; utter destruction; as, the ''abolition'' of slavery or the slave trade; the ''abolition'' of laws, decrees, ordinances, customs, taxes, debts, etc. (First attested around the early 16th century.)(R:SOED5: page=6) 2 (context historical often capitalised UK US English) The ending of the slave trade or of slavery. (First attested around the early 18th century.) 3 (context historical often capitalised Australia English) The ending of convict transportation. (First attested around the late 18th century.) 4 (context obsolete English) An amnesty; a putting out of memory. (Attested from the early 17th century to the early 19th century.)


n. the act of abolishing a system or practice or institution (especially abolishing slavery); "the abolition of capital punishment" [syn: abolishment]


Abolition refers to the act of putting an end to something by law. It may refer to:

  • the abolition of slavery
  • the abolition of the death penalty, also called capital punishment
  • the abolition of monarchy
  • the abolition of nuclear weapons
  • the abolition of prisons

Usage examples of "abolition".

I entirely agree with you, that the abolition of agistment tithe in Ireland by a vote of the Irish House of Commons, and without any remuneration to the Church, was a most scandalous and Jacobinical measure.

In the first place the definite abolition of the annates meant that henceforth the election of archbishops and bishops must be under licence by the king and that they must swear allegiance to him before consecration.

The one safeguard against an evil so great was the restoration of self-government to the people who had rebelled, the broadening of the elective franchise, the abolition of caste and privilege.

Overflowing with energy and goodwill, he was ardent for reform of all kinds: smallpox inoculation for the poor, humane care for the insane, reform of the penal code, but especially for the abolition of slavery.

In Holland, all the authority and influence of the stadtholder were scarcely sufficient to allay the ferments excited among the people by the provisional taxation, which had succeeded the abolition of the patchers, and was indeed very grievous to the subject.

Lincoln entertained the opinion that these measures, one or all, would secure the complete abolition of slavery, but they gave to the slaveholders of the border States an opportunity to obtain compensation for the loss of their slaves, and the pendency of these propositions occupied the attention of the country while the formative processes were going on, which matured finally in the opinion that slavery and the Union could no longer co-exist.

At the present time, unfortunately, all signs point, not to decentralization and the abolition of man-herders, but rather to a steady increase in the power of the Big Shepherd and his oligarchy of bureaucratic dogs, to a growth in the size, the complexity, the machine-like efficiency and rigidity of social organizations, and to a completer deification of the State, accompanied by a completer reification, or reduction to thing-hood, of individual persons.

I have heard certain of our seniors grow quite pathetic over the abolition of those social, if unsalubrious, repasts.

So far as known, it was the first argument that ever found expression in the pages of any American periodical favouring not the entire abolition of vivisection, but the reform of its abuse.

On the other hand, the British Union for the Total Abolition of Vivisection will accept nothing less than the legal condemnation of every phase of such experiments.

The regulation of vivisection is not the abolition of it, but the civilization of it.

Bolshevists among the yardbirds could only be satisfied with the abolition of all private property, sacred or profane.

But after the dread feeling of worry and want was finally eradicated from his mind by the abolition of the individual accumulative system, he then began to apply himself carefully to physical development, and as running, jumping and acrobatic work have the best symmetrical effects upon the human form, this kind of exercise was extensively followed, and as each generation succeeded in outdoing the feats of the preceding one, the entire nation finally evolved into one of extraordinary springing propensities.

The next day after the abolition of the apostrophe, imagine the scene.

Woodrow Wilson, in the exchange of notes which led to the armistice, had pressed for the abolition of the Hohenzollern militarist autocracy, and the Germans had seemingly obliged him, although reluctantly.