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verb (used with object), ab·ro·gat·ed, ab·ro·gat·ing.
  1. to abolish by formal or official means; annul by an authoritative act; repeal: to abrogate a law.
  2. to put aside; put an end to.
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Origin of abrogate

1520–30; < Latin abrogātus repealed (past participle of abrogāre). See ab-, rogation, -ate1
Related formsab·ro·ga·ble [ab-ruh-guh-buhl] /ˈæb rə gə bəl/, adjectiveab·ro·ga·tion, nounab·ro·ga·tive, adjectiveab·ro·ga·tor, nounnon·ab·ro·ga·ble, adjectiveun·ab·ro·ga·ble, adjectiveun·ab·ro·gat·ed, adjectiveun·ab·ro·ga·tive, adjective
Can be confusedabdicate abrogate arrogate derogate



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Related Words

invalidate, annul, revoke, undo, abolish, nullify, quash, renege, repeal, scrub, void, negate, vacate, nix, retract, vitiate, abate, reject, cancel, end

Examples from the Web for abrogated

Historical Examples

  • The charter had been abrogated, but the new system had been rejected by the people.

    The Siege of Boston

    Allen French

  • The black code, of course, was abrogated after the Civil War.

  • There are, however, many verses still in the Qurn, which have been abrogated.

  • It cannot be shown that either Muhammad or a Companion ever said that the Bible was abrogated.

  • It is divided into parts and some verses are abrogated by others.

British Dictionary definitions for abrogated


  1. (tr) to cancel or revoke formally or officially; repeal; annul
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Derived Formsabrogation, nounabrogator, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin abrogātus repealed, from ab- 1 + rogāre to propose (a law)
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Word Origin and History for abrogated



1520s, from Latin abrogatus, past participle of abrogare "to annul, repeal (a law)," from ab- "away" (see ab-) + rogare "propose a law, request" (see rogation). Form abrogen, from Old French abroger, is recorded from early 15c. Related: Abrogated; abrogating.

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