• WordNet 3.6
    • n abrogation the act of abrogating; an official or legal cancellation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Abrogation The act of abrogating; repeal by authority.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n abrogation The act of abrogating. Specifically, the annulling of a law by legislative action or by usage. See derogation. Abrogation is expressed when pronounced by the new law in general or particular terms; it is implied when the new law contains provisions positively contrary to the former law.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Abrogation act of repealing or setting aside
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. abrogatio, fr. abrogare,: cf. F. abrogation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ab, away, rogāre, -ātum, to ask or propose a law.


In literature:

This idea has been worked up to a science of abrogation, according to which some verses of the Quran abrogate others.
"The Faith of Islam" by Edward Sell
This monstrous law is simply the complete abrogation of all law.
"Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 1 of 3)" by John Morley
Since the essence of gambling is the abrogation of the will, every indulgence weakens the power to resist the temptation.
"Practical Ethics" by William DeWitt Hyde
Was it thereby abrogated or was it not?
"The War in South Africa" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Yet, if other patents were cancelled, he would, he said, freely consent to the abrogation of his.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
Isabelle was not forced to abrogate her reign, after all.
"The Cricket" by Marjorie Cooke
The duty of swearing the oath has not been abrogated, and therefore that of Covenanting is of perpetual obligation.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham
Hence in such a society of absolute freemen, human law is totally abrogated, no life is protected, no property safeguarded.
"Freedom In Service" by Fossey John Cobb Hearnshaw
A stand which, with all the Corn-Law Abrogations conceivable, I do not think will be capable of enduring.
"Past and Present" by Thomas Carlyle
Abrogation of the mass and image-worship in Switzerland.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various

In news:

Philadelphia judge's verdict abrogates the state Castle Doctrine law.
A 2002 statute criminalizing resisting arrest didn't abrogate a citizen's common law right to resist illegal police conduct, the Michigan Supreme Court said.

In science:

There is an in principle contradiction in the logical structure of quantum field theory, if we want to include both internal an d external descriptions of measurement in the formalism (and quantum theory has always abrogated to itself the right to place the Heisenberg cut anywhere convenient).
Models of measurement for quantum fields and for classical continuous random fields