abolishment, abolition
Both words date from the 16c and have been used principally with reference to concepts and institutions such as authority, laws, beliefs, feelings, and sins. In the 18c and 19c, abolition took on special meanings relating to the slave trade and capital punishment, which caused abolishment to be restricted to more neutral and ad hoc uses emphasizing the process rather than the result

• (The deregulation of financial markets and abolishment of fixed commission rates —Institutional Investor (NEXIS), 1989

• It's a negation of him, an abolishment of him, like ripping a medal off his chest —Margaret Atwood in New Yorker, 1990).

There are roughly 40 times as many instances of abolition in the OEC as there are of abolishment.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Abolishment — A*bol ish*ment ( ment), n. [Cf. F. abolissement.] The act of abolishing; abolition; destruction. Hooker. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abolishment — I noun abatement, annulment, cancellation, cessation, close, completeness, conclusion, culmination, discontinuance, dissolution, elimination, end, expiration, extinguishment, finality, finish, termination II index abolition, ademption, annulment …   Law dictionary

  • abolishment — noun see abolish …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • abolishment — See abolishable. * * * …   Universalium

  • abolishment — noun The act of abolishing; abolition; destruction …   Wiktionary

  • abolishment — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun An often formal act of putting an end to: abolition, abrogation, annihilation, annulment, cancellation, defeasance, invalidation, negation, nullification, voidance. Law: avoidance, extinguishment. See CONTINUE …   English dictionary for students

  • abolishment — É™bÉ‘lɪʃmÉ™nt /É™bÉ’l n. annulment, nullification, abrogation, cancellation, elimination …   English contemporary dictionary

  • abolishment — abol·ish·ment …   English syllables

  • abolishment — See abolish …   Black's law dictionary

  • abolishment — See abolish …   Black's law dictionary

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