Synonyms Word Origin See more synonyms for abdicate on Thesaurus.com verb (used without object), ab·di·cat·ed, ab·di·cat·ing. to renounce or relinquish a throne, right, power, claim, responsibility, or the like, especially in a formal manner: The aging founder of the firm decided to abdicate. verb (used with object), ab·di·cat·ed, ab·di·cat·ing. to give up or renounce (authority, duties, an office, etc.), especially in a voluntary, public, or formal manner: King Edward VIII of England abdicated the throne in 1936. Origin of abdicate 1535–45;
renounced (past participle of
), equivalent to
-ātus -ate 1
Related forms ab·di·ca·ble , [ ab-di-k uh-b uh l] /ˈæb dɪ kə bəl/ adjective ab·di·ca·tive , [ ab-di-key-tiv, -k uh-] /ˈæb dɪˌkeɪ tɪv, -kə-/ adjective ab·di·ca·tor, noun non·ab·di·ca·tive, adjective un·ab·di·cat·ed, adjective un·ab·di·cat·ing, adjective un·ab·di·ca·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for abdicative to renounce (a throne, power, responsibility, rights, etc), esp formally Derived Forms abdicable ( ˈæbdɪkəb), əl adjective abdication, noun abdicative ( æbˈdɪkətɪv), adjective abdicator, noun Word Origin
C16: from the past participle of Latin
abdicāre to proclaim away, disclaim
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Word Origin and History for abdicative abdicate v.
1540s, "to disown, disinherit (children)," from Latin
abdicatus, past participle of abdicare "to disown, disavow, reject" (specifically abdicare magistratu "renounce office"), from ab- "away" (see ab-) + dicare "proclaim," from stem of dicere "to speak, to say" (see diction). Meaning "divest oneself of office" first recorded 1610s. Related: Abdicated; abdicating.
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