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abdication

[ab-di-key-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the act or state of abdicating; renunciation.

Origin of abdication

First recorded in 1545–55, abdication is from the Latin word abdicātiōn- (stem of abdicātiō). See abdicate, -ion
Related formsnon·ab·di·ca·tion, noun
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Word Origin and History for abdication

n.

1550s, "a disowning," from Latin abdicationem (nominative abdicatio) "renunciation, abdication," noun of action from past participle stem of abdicare (see abdicate); sense of "resignation of sovereignty" is from 1680s.

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