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The act of doing away with or to destroy utterly. To rescind or to abrogate. To do away with wholly; to annul; to make void; - said of laws, customs, institutions, governments, etc.; as, to abolish slavery, to abolish folly. To put an end to, or destroy, as pertains to a physical object; to wipe out. 


Syn. - To Repeal, Abrogate, Revoke, Annul, Nullify, Cancel. These words have in common the idea of setting aside by some overruling act. Abolish applies particularly to things of a permanent nature, such as institutions, usages, customs, etc.; as, to abolish monopolies, serfdom, slavery. Repeal describes the act by which the legislature of a state sets aside a law which it had previously enacted.- Abrogate was originally applied to the repeal of a law by the Roman people; and hence, when the power of making laws was usurped by the emperors, the term was applied to their act of setting aside the laws. Thus, it came to express that act by which a sovereign or an executive government sets aside laws, ordinances, regulations, treaties, conventions, etc.- Revoke denotes the act of recalling some previous grant which conferred, privilege, etc.; as, ...

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