[ ih-lim-uh-ney-shuhn ]
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  1. the act of eliminating.

  2. the state of being eliminated.

  1. Mathematics. the process of solving a system of simultaneous equations by using various techniques to remove the variables successively.

  2. Sports. a game, bout, or match in a tournament in which an individual or team iseliminated from the competition after one defeat.

Origin of elimination

First recorded in 1595–1605; eliminate + -ion

Other words from elimination

  • non·e·lim·i·na·tion, noun
  • pre·e·lim·i·na·tion, noun
  • pro·e·lim·i·na·tion, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for elimination


/ (ɪˌlɪmɪˈneɪʃən) /

  1. the act of eliminating or the state of being eliminated

  2. 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

  1. chem a type of chemical reaction involving the loss of a simple molecule, such as water or carbon dioxide

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