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[ih-lim-uh-ney-shuh n] /ɪˌlɪm əˈneɪ ʃən/
the act of eliminating.
the state of being eliminated.
Mathematics. the process of solving a system of simultaneous equations by using various techniques to remove the variables successively.
Sports. a game, bout, or match in a tournament in which an individual or team is eliminated from the competition after one defeat.
Origin of elimination
First recorded in 1595-1605; eliminate + -ion
Related forms
nonelimination, noun
preelimination, noun
proelimination, adjective Unabridged
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  • Science has done wonders toward the elimination of such fears.

  • You can devote yourself to the elimination of ugliness, to the increase of beauty.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • These decreases have come out of the elimination of speculation and profiteering.

    Herbert Hoover Vernon Kellogg
  • By such process of elimination he arrived at the final question: was it she?

    The Heart of Thunder Mountain Edfrid A. Bingham
  • elimination, of dangers of surface pollution, 140;of mosquitoes, 381.

    Rural Hygiene Henry N. Ogden
British Dictionary definitions for elimination


the act of eliminating or the state of being eliminated
(logic) (qualified by the name of an operation) a syntactic rule specifying the conditions under which a formula or statement containing the specified operation may permit the derivation of others that do not contain it: conjunction-elimination, universal elimination
(chem) a type of chemical reaction involving the loss of a simple molecule, such as water or carbon dioxide
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Word Origin and History for elimination

c.1600, "a casting out," noun of action from eliminate. Meaning "expulsion of waste matter" is from 1855.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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elimination in Medicine

elimination e·lim·i·na·tion (ĭ-lĭm'ə-nā'shən)
The process of expelling or removing, especially of waste products from the body.

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