Abdication

Noun

  • (obsolete) The act of disowning or disinheriting a child. [Attested from the mid 16th century until the mid 17th century.]
  • (obsolete, law) The renunciation of interest in a property or a legal claim; abandonment. [Attested only in the mid 18th century.]
  • The voluntary renunciation of sovereign power; as, abdication of the throne, government, power, authority. [First attested in the late 17th century.]
  • The act of abdicating; the renunciation of a high office, dignity, or trust, by its holder. [First attested in the early 17th century.]
  • (obsolete) The action of being deposed from the seat of power. [Attested only in the mid 17th century.]

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