What is an abolition?

What is an abolition? Here are some definitions.

  1. 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.]
  2. (historical, often capitalised, Britain, US) The ending of the slave trade or of slavery. [First attested around the early 18th century.]
  3. (historical, often capitalised, Australia) The ending of convict transportation. [First attested around the late 18th century.]
  4. (obsolete) An amnesty; a putting out of memory. [Attested from the early 17th century to the early 19th century.]
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The abolition of polling stations means that people cannot be guaranteed the right to vote in privacy and security.
The film caused huge debate in Poland and was at least partially instrumental in the abolition of the death penalty.
Indeed I think the complexity of the system alone is reason for its abolition.
The abolition of all prescription charges and home care charges for the disabled will also be of direct benefit.
They escaped the death penalty by only a couple of months as abolition took effect four weeks before their arrest.
It also sought abolition of the roster system for the appointment of Urdu teachers.

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