[ih-lim-uh-ney-shuh n]


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 formsnon·e·lim·i·na·tion, nounpre·e·lim·i·na·tion, nounpro·e·lim·i·na·tion, adjective
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Historical Examples of elimination

  • Science has done wonders toward the elimination of such fears.

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

  • 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?

  • 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 itconjunction-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

Medicine definitions for elimination




The process of expelling or removing, especially of waste products from the body.
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