1. Noun.  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.
  2. Noun.  (often capitalised), (in British territories) The ending of the slave trade (1807) or of slavery (1833).
  3. Noun.  (often capitalised), (in the US) the emancipation of slaves, by the ''Emancipation Proclamation'' (1863, ratified 1865).

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