Part of speech: verb
Origin: Latin, early 16th century
To repeal or abolish by means of a formal action
To discontinue, put aside, or put an end to something
Examples of Abrogate in a sentence
"The new prime minister’s first action in office was to abrogate the unpopular tax laws."
"The student council successfully lobbied to abrogate the school uniform policy, and jeans and sneakers quickly became the norm."
Popularity Over Time
Prohibition was spurred by the 18th Amendment, banning the sale and consumption of alcohol in the United States, and took effect in 1919. The unpopular law to abrogate drinking is considered to be a failure, as people still found ways to drink and criminals made massive amounts of money off bootlegging. In 1933 the 21st Amendment repealed the 18th, becoming the only amendment to abrogate another.
Did you Know?
"Abrogate" is just one term used to imply ending something. Synonyms include "nullify," "negate," "annul" and "invalidate," but they all have different nuances of meaning. Use "abrogate" when there is an official or formal action being taken.