• WordNet 3.6
    • adj abolishable capable of being abolished
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first country to abolish capital punishment was Austria in 1787.
    • a Abolishable Capable of being abolished.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • abolishable Capable of being abolished or annulled, as a law, rite, custom, etc.; that may be set aside or destroyed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Abolishable capable of being abolished
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Sculpture and painting have the effect of teaching us manners and abolishing hurry.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Beggars should be entirely abolished! Truly, it is annoying to give to them and annoying not to give to them.”
  • John Swayze
    John Swayze
    “Russia has abolished God, but so far God has been tolerant.”
  • Mao Zedong
    “War can only be abolished through war, and in order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun.”
  • Sigmund Freud
    “By abolishing private property one takes away the human love of aggression.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. abolissable,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. abolir, aboliss—from L. abolēre, -itumab, from, olēre, to grow. The prep. ab here reverses the meaning of the simple verb.


In literature:

How can slavery be abolished?
"Anti-Slavery Opinions before the Year 1800" by William Frederick Poole
Could the will be abolished, no more than justice would be done.
"Cousin Henry" by Anthony Trollope
We might as well renounce clothes as to try to abolish them.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Abolish the solar nucleus, and we should have a spectrum showing a bright line in the place of every dark line of Fraunhofer.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
Thirty years ago the subject of abolishing slavery was agitated in Virginia.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
He did not abolish parliament, or retrench its privileges.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
Virginia gladly followed his lead in abolishing primogeniture and entail, and overthrowing the Established Church.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
He loved her so well that he thought that, for her sake, he could abolish himself.
"An Old Man's Love" by Anthony Trollope
Why, I've heard it said that he's been heard to say, in private, that it was high time to abolish me!
"In the Mayor's Parlour" by J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
He proposes, therefore, that the poor-law should be abolished.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen

In poetry:

And, at the very hour designed,
To enslave him past recall,
His tooth-stone-arrow-gun-shy mind
Turned and abolished all.
"The Benefactors" by Rudyard Kipling
Whereas if he couldn't get Whisky, Rum, or Brandy,
He wouldn't do his work so handy;
Therefore, in that respect let strong drink be abolished in time,
And that will cause a great decrease in crime.
"A New Temperance Poem, in Memory of My Departed Parents" by William Topaz McGonagall
Ugly and bestial gods caked thick with gold--
Their hideousness
Blaspheming Christ--'mid shattered altars rolled
To rottenness,
Their slaves abolished and their priests of old
Trodden to nothingness.
"The Dream Of Christ" by Madison Julius Cawein
Then, for the sake of society and the Church of God,
Let each one try to abolish it at home and abroad;
Then poverty and crime would decrease and be at a stand,
And Christ's Kingdom would soon be established throughout the land.
"The Demon Drink" by William Topaz McGonagall
The machine shall be abolished from the earth again;
it is a mistake that mankind has made;
money shall cease to be, and property shall cease to perplex
and we will find the way to immediate contact with life
and with one another.
"If You are a Man" by D H Lawrence
I shall take last to love, and never wholly.
Let them all into Heaven—I abolish Hell—
but let it be read over them as they enter:
"Beware the calculations of the meek, who gambled nothing,
gave nothing, and could never receive enough."
"In Place Of A Curse" by John Anthony Ciardi

In news:

NEW YORK (AP) — Two of America's leading advocates for prisoners' rights are urging state governments to abolish the use of solitary confinement for offenders under 18.
A state lawmaker on Friday urged passage of a ballot question that would abolish the governing board of the Department of Human Services.
Constables Report Encourages Lawmakers Seeking to Abolish Office.
Cape Coral 's City Council Nov 5, found another way to save taxpayer dollars: abolish the Planning and Zoning Commission, as they've done with the CRA.
Now is not the time to abolish the death penalty.
Jones, 64, is president and chief executive of the Community Service Society, one of the oldest charities devoted to abolishing poverty in America, that turns 170 years old this year.
"Texas curfews are put into place until a specific problem has been abolished, and then freedoms reinstated to our young citizens," she said.
Daylight saving time needs to be abolished.
Now that the elections are complete and the United States —all 50 of them — are operating on standard time, it would seem to be a good time for the Legislature to seriously consider abolishing daylight saving time.
Activists have delivered more than 1,500 postcards to Gov Steve Beshear asking that he sign no more death warrants and that he work to abolish the death penalty .
The latest effort to abolish the death penalty in California was headed for defeat Tuesday night, with results showing that more than half of the voters wanted to keep capital punishment.
Jim Matheson Speaks Out Against Opponent's Plan to Abolish US Department of Education .
The ones which call for abolishing Social Security and Medicare.
It's possible that the folks in Fargo will wake up this morning as the first state to abolish the dreaded property tax.
Wie wir unser Land aufs Spiel setzen (Germany Abolishes Itself: How We Are Putting Our Country at Risk) by Thilo Sarrazin Munich: DVA, 463 pp.

In science:

Relinquishment of quantization abolishes the need for a classical theory.
Spinors in Quantum Geometrical Theory
The second is the proposal of a new view of complexity as a state of transition from dynamics to thermodynamics, denoted as LSM, with the important effect of abolishing the perspective of ordinary statistical mechanics that would make life foreign to physics.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
This was soon abolished as it turned out to use prohibitive amounts of memory.
Continuum multi-physics modeling with scripting languages: the Nsim simulation compiler prototype for classical field theory
Moreover, our meta-modeling techniques provide a general account of saturation and, thus, abolish its compulsory replication for expressing complex preferences.
Complex Optimization in Answer Set Programming
The Old System When our proposal is a failure, the journal track can be abolished and the conference track’s acceptance rate can be decreased again.
A Revised Publication Model for ECML PKDD