Abolition

Noun

  • (historical, often capitalised, Australia) The ending of convict transportation. [First attested around the late 18th century.]
  • (historical, often capitalised, Britain, US) The ending of the slave trade or of slavery. [First attested around the early 18th century.]
  • 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. [First attested around the early 16th century.]
  • (obsolete) An amnesty; a putting out of memory. [Attested from the early 17th century to the early 19th century.]

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