The destruction, annihilation, abrogation, or extinguishment of anything, but especially things of a permanent natureuch as institutions, usages, or customs, as in the abolition of SLAVERY.
In U.S. LEGAL HISTORY, the concept of abolition generally refers to the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century movement to abolish the slavery of African Americans. As a significant political force in the pre-Civil War United States, the abolitionists had...
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