What does abolitionism mean?

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  1. An opinion in favor of the abolition of something; the tenets of abolitionists. [First attested in the early 19th century.]
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At all points we see, therefore, that abolitionism has to do with religion, and religion with it.
There is a worse evil than abolitionism, and that is the suppression of it by lawless force.
At the beginning, too, I suppose that his taking up abolitionism made him enemies.
In the 1830s feminism as a self-conscious movement grew around abolitionism, particularly around the individualist anarchist William Lloyd Garrison.
I doubt not this is the kind of liberty at which some of the champions of abolitionism, viz.
At the same time, activism for abolitionism was strong upstate, where some communities provided stops on the Underground Railroad.

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