abolish Definition

formally put an end to (a system, practice, or institution).

Using abolish: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "abolish" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The government abolished the death penalty in 1965.

  • Example

    The company abolished its dress code policy.

  • Example

    The law was abolished after widespread protests.

abolish Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with abolish

  • abolish slavery

    put an end to the practice of owning and exploiting people as property


    The Emancipation Proclamation abolished slavery in the United States.

  • formally put an end to a legal statute or regulation


    The government abolished the law that prohibited same-sex marriage.

  • abolish poverty

    eliminate or reduce the number of people living in poverty


    The government's goal is to abolish poverty by implementing social welfare programs.

Origins of abolish

from Old French 'aboliss-', stem of 'abolir', from Latin 'abolere', meaning 'destroy'


Summary: abolish in Brief

'Abolish' [əˈbɒlɪʃ] means to formally put an end to a system, practice, or institution. It is often used in the context of laws, policies, or regulations, as in 'The government abolished the death penalty in 1965.' 'Abolish' can also be used in phrases like 'abolish slavery' and 'abolish poverty,' which denote the elimination or reduction of certain social issues. Synonyms for 'abolish' include 'nullify' and 'revoke,' while informal alternatives include 'get rid of' and 'do away with.'