An act by which a thing is destroyed, extinguished, abrogated or annihilated. In civil and French law abolition is used synonymously with pardon, remission, grace. Grace is the generic term. A pardon is the clemency, which the chief executive extends to a man who has participated in a crime, without being a principal or accomplice. Remission is made in cases of involuntary homicides, and self-defense. Abolition is used when the crime cannot be remitted. 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.