- to remove or get rid of, especially as being in some way undesirable: to eliminate risks; to eliminate hunger.
- to omit, especially as being unimportant or irrelevant; leave out: I have eliminated all statistical tables, which are of interest only to the specialist.
- to remove from further consideration or competition, especially by defeating in a contest.
- to eradicate or kill: to eliminate the enemy.
- Physiology. to void or expel from an organism.
- Mathematics. to remove (a quantity) from an equation by elimination.
Origin of eliminate
Examples from the Web for eliminative
Historical Examples of eliminative
It is a Catalytic, a special Sedative, and also an Eliminative.The Action of Medicines in the System
Frederick William Headland
To interfere with the eliminative function of the skin by absolutely clogging the pores for a period of several hours means death.
Air baths are likewise valuable as a means of promoting activity in the eliminative function of the skin.
Here Spencer recognised the eliminative and selective effect of struggle in mankind.Herbert Spencer
J. Arthur Thomson
Cathartics should be administered, and eliminative measures instituted such as the hot-blanket pack.The Mother and Her Child
William S. Sadler
- to remove or take out; get rid of
- to reject as trivial or irrelevant; omit from consideration
- to remove (a competitor, team, etc) from a contest, usually by defeat
- slang to murder in a cold-blooded manner
- physiol to expel (waste matter) from the body
- maths to remove (an unknown variable) from two or more simultaneous equations
Word Origin for eliminate
1560s, from Latin eliminatus, past participle of eliminare "thrust out of doors, expel," from ex limine "off the threshold," from ex "off, out" (see ex-) + limine, ablative of limen "threshold" (see limit (n.)).
Used literally at first; sense of "exclude" first attested 1714; sense of "expel waste from the body" is c.1795. Related: Eliminated; eliminating; eliminative; eliminatory.