- to abolish by formal or official means; annul by an authoritative act; repeal: to abrogate a law.
- to put aside; put an end to.
Origin of abrogate
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1. cancel, revoke, rescind, nullify, void, invalidate.
1. ratify, establish; preserve.
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Examples from the Web for abrogate
“The government cannot just abrogate contracts,” Larry Summers said yesterday.Give the Bonuses Back—Or Else
March 16, 2009
As not having imposed, she cannot abrogate, suspend, or modify them.Historical Sketches, Volume I (of 3)
John Henry Newman
To abrogate one iota of his power was to abrogate the whole.
They make no laws, they consent to none, they abrogate none.The College, the Market, and the Court
Caroline H. Dall
No one can invalidate his sentence; he can abrogate those of all others.Monks, Popes, and their Political Intrigues
This is a common enough doctrine in Europe and a difficult one to abrogate.Command
- (tr) to cancel or revoke formally or officially; repeal; annul
C16: from Latin abrogātus repealed, from ab- 1 + rogāre to propose (a law)
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Word Origin and History for abrogate
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