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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: abolir, from Latin abolere, probably from abolescere 'to disappear'

abolish

verb
     
a‧bol‧ish [transitive]
to officially end a law, system etc, especially one that has existed for a long time:
Slavery was abolished in the US in the 19th century.

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