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Abolition

[ab-ə-LISH-ən]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Latin, early 16th century

1.

The action of abolishing a system, practice, or institution.

2.

The prohibition and ending of slavery, especially in the United States.

Examples of Abolition in a sentence

"There was great support for the abolition of the sales tax."

"The history class lesson concerned the abolition of slavery by the 13th Amendment."

About Abolition

Abolition is a noun most commonly used in the United States to refer to the ending of slavery after the Civil War, but it can be used to refer to abolishing any type of practice or instituion.

Did you Know?

In the United States abolition was not easy or fast. The 13th Amendment, ratified in December 1865, officially ended slavery, but members of the abolitionist movement had been campaigning for this for decades.

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