- abolishment, abolitionBoth words date from the 16c and have been used principally with reference to concepts and institutions such as authority, laws, beliefs, feelings, and sins. In the 18c and 19c, abolition took on special meanings relating to the slave trade and capital punishment, which caused abolishment to be restricted to more neutral and ad hoc uses emphasizing the process rather than the result
• (The deregulation of financial markets and abolishment of fixed commission rates —Institutional Investor (NEXIS), 1989
• It's a negation of him, an abolishment of him, like ripping a medal off his chest —Margaret Atwood in New Yorker, 1990).There are roughly 40 times as many instances of abolition in the OEC as there are of abolishment.
Modern English usage. 2014.
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Abolishment — A*bol ish*ment ( ment), n. [Cf. F. abolissement.] The act of abolishing; abolition; destruction. Hooker. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
abolishment — I noun abatement, annulment, cancellation, cessation, close, completeness, conclusion, culmination, discontinuance, dissolution, elimination, end, expiration, extinguishment, finality, finish, termination II index abolition, ademption, annulment … Law dictionary
abolishment — noun see abolish … New Collegiate Dictionary
abolishment — See abolishable. * * * … Universalium
abolishment — noun The act of abolishing; abolition; destruction … Wiktionary
abolishment — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun An often formal act of putting an end to: abolition, abrogation, annihilation, annulment, cancellation, defeasance, invalidation, negation, nullification, voidance. Law: avoidance, extinguishment. See CONTINUE … English dictionary for students
abolishment — É™bÉ‘lÉªÊƒmÉ™nt /É™bÉ’l n. annulment, nullification, abrogation, cancellation, elimination … English contemporary dictionary
abolishment — abol·ish·ment … English syllables
abolishment — See abolish … Black's law dictionary
abolishment — noun the act of abolishing a system or practice or institution (especially abolishing slavery) the abolition of capital punishment • Syn: ↑abolition • Derivationally related forms: ↑abolish, ↑abolitionary (for: ↑abolition), ↑ … Useful english dictionary