• WordNet 3.6
    • v abrogate revoke formally
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Abrogate Abrogated; abolished.
    • Abrogate To annul by an authoritative act; to abolish by the authority of the maker or his successor; to repeal; -- applied to the repeal of laws, decrees, ordinances, the abolition of customs, etc. "Let us see whether the New Testament abrogates what we so frequently see in the Old.""Whose laws, like those of the Medes and Persian, they can not alter or abrogate ."
    • Abrogate To put an end to; to do away with.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • abrogate To abolish summarily; annul by an authoritative act; repeal. Applied specifically to the repeal of laws, customs, etc., whether expressly or by establishing something inconsistent therewith. See abrogation.
    • abrogate To keep clear of; avoid.
    • abrogate Synonyms Abolish, Repeal, Rescind, etc. (see abolish), cancel, invalidate, dissolve, countermand.
    • abrogate Annulled; abolished.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Abrogate ab′ro-gāt to repeal (a law): to set aside
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. abrogatus, p. p. of abrogare,; ab, + rogare, to ask, require, propose. See Rogation
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ab, away, rogāre, -ātum, to ask or propose a law.


In literature:

If it did, every restriction upon the legislative department would be practically abrogated.
"An Essay on Professional Ethics" by George Sharswood
It abrogates the moral obligation to prove all things, and hold fast that which is good.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
Then Christ came and all was abrogated.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
This is the plain meaning of the ordinance in relation to laws which it abrogates for alleged unconstitutionality.
"Key-Notes of American Liberty" by Various
The charter had been abrogated, but the new system had been rejected by the people.
"The Siege of Boston" by Allen French
If the British people finally obtain it under those leaders they may fairly claim to have abrogated the law of cause and effect.
"England and Germany" by Emile Joseph Dillon
I had the misfortune first to experience its effects, and the good fortune to secure its abrogation.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
They cannot be disunited without abrogating at once the rights of the master, and absolving the slave from his subjection.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 5, November, 1863" by Various
The landlord will feel no mercy for him, seeing that the bonds between them which demanded mercy have been abrogated.
"The Landleaguers" by Anthony Trollope
Besides that, she is my special charge, and no power this side of Azuria can abrogate my authority over her!
"Wings of the Wind" by Credo Harris

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