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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ It was suggested that the mutual security treaty with Japan be abrogated.
▪ But it is generally thought in the trade that the agreement has been abrogated by the Ivory Coast.
▪ Largely as a result of these influential criticisms, the law was altered so that the requirement of intent was abrogated.
▪ She willingly abrogates the power that knowledge gives in order to remain in ignorance.
▪ The normal privilege against self-incrimination is abrogated by the terms of section 31 in such proceedings.
▪ The pro-slavery compromise of the Constitution which required the rendition of fugitive slaves was abrogated.
▪ This basic right can not be abrogated by the decision of the parents, the doctor or the State.
▪ We shall fulfil the pledge given by the Prime Minister in 1987 and abrogated every year since then.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Abrogate \Ab"ro*gate\, a. [L. abrogatus, p. p.] Abrogated; abolished. [Obs.]


Abrogate \Ab"ro*gate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Abrogated; p. pr. & vb. n. Abrogating.] [L. abrogatus, p. p. of abrogare; ab + rogare to ask, require, propose. See Rogation.]

  1. To annul by an authoritative act; to abolish by the authority of the maker or his successor; to repeal; -- applied to the repeal of laws, decrees, ordinances, the abolition of customs, etc.

    Let us see whether the New Testament abrogates what we so frequently see in the Old.

    Whose laws, like those of the Medes and Persian, they can not alter or abrogate.

  2. To put an end to; to do away with.

    Syn: To abolish; annul; do away; set aside; revoke; repeal; cancel; annihilate. See Abolish.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1520s, from Latin abrogatus, past participle of abrogare "to annul, repeal (a law)," from ab- "away" (see ab-) + rogare "propose a law, request" (see rogation). Form abrogen, from Old French abroger, is recorded from early 15c. Related: Abrogated; abrogating.

  1. (context archaic English) Abrogated; abolished. (First attested from around (1350 to 1470).)(R:SOED5: page=8) v

  2. 1 (context transitive English) To annul by an authoritative act; to abolish by the authority of the maker or her or his successor; to repeal; — applied to the repeal of laws, decrees, ordinances, the abolition of customs, et

  3. (First attested in the early 16th century.) 2 (context transitive English) To put an end to; to do away with. (First attested in the early 16th century.) 3 (context molecular biology English) Block a process or function


v. revoke formally

Usage examples of "abrogate".

The huge dumps and rubbish-heaps at the outskirts of Stoneshell and Abrogate Green, the wastescape by the river in Griss Twist, all swarmed with wyrmen, squabbling and laughing, drinking from stagnant canals, fucking in the sky and on the earth.

Where a corporation has become localized in a State and has accepted the laws of the State as a condition of doing business there, it cannot abrogate those laws by attempting to make contract stipulations, and there is no violation of the full faith and credit clause in instructing a jury to find according to local law notwithstanding a clause in a contract that it should be construed according to the laws of another State.

Charles, however, claimed the throne under the very just contention that the Salic law, by which women were excluded from the heritage of the crown, had never been legally abrogated.

A wave of calm gusts in from the nightside, from the west, from Gallmarch and Smog Bend to Gross Coil, to Sheck and Brock Marsh, Ludmead and MogHill and Abrogate Green.

It should be observed also that this part of the oath is subject to the modifying and abrogating power of legislation and supreme judicial decision.

Captain Terry Sanchez willfully abrogated his responsibility to lead the unit, and that Chief Michael Persico took the commendable step of performing his duties.

With Brahminism the religion lost its original and natural character, and became characterized by a slavish submission to a priesthood, which abrogated the truly human.

Cassius had suddenly abrogated Stoicism and espoused Epicureanism, for no reason Servilia could see beyond the fact that it devastated Brutus so much that Brutus was avoiding him.

I too hastily expressed that the political death of a State dissolves civil society within its territory and abrogates all rights held under it, and accept the doctrine that the laws in force at the time of secession remain in force till superseded or abrogated by competent authority, and also that, till the State is revived and restored as a State in the Union, the only authority, under the American system, competent to supersede or abrogate them is the United States, not Congress, far less the Executive.

But--and this is the important point--she does not teach, nor permit the faithful to hold, that the supernatural abrogates the natural, or in any way supersedes it.

In creating a new State, Congress, ex necessitate, because there is no other power except the national convention competent to do it, defines the boundaries of the new State, and prescribes the electoral people, or who may take part in the preliminary organization but in reconstructing States it does neither, for both are done by a law Congress is not competent to abrogate or modify, and which can be done only by the United States in convention assembled, or by the State itself after its restoration.

The principle is well known and recognized by the jurisprudence of all civilized nations, that in the transfer of a territory from one territorial sovereign to another, the laws in force under the old sovereign remain in force after the change, till abrogated, or others are enacted in their place by the new sovereign, except such as are necessarily abrogated by the change itself of the sovereign.

The laws of the State are territorial, till abrogated by competent authority, remain the lex loci, and are in full force.

The private rights and interests created, regulated, or protected by the particular State, are created, regulated, or protected by the United States, as much and as plenarily as if done by the General government, and the State laws creating, regulating, or protecting them can be abrogated by no power known to the constitution, but either the State itself, or the United States in convention legally assembled.

Secession has not dissolved civil society, or abrogated any of the laws of the disorganized State that were in force at the time of secession.