verb (used with object), e·lim·i·nat·ed, e·lim·i·nat·ing.

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

1560–70; 1915–20 for def 4; < Latin ēlīminātus turned out of doors (past participle of ēlīmināre), equivalent to ē- e-1 + līmin-, stem of līmen threshold + -ātus -ate1
Related formse·lim·i·na·bil·i·ty [ih-lim-uh-nuh-bil-i-tee] /ɪˌlɪm ə nəˈbɪl ɪ ti/, noune·lim·i·na·tive, adjectivenon·e·lim·i·na·tive, adjectivepre·e·lim·i·nate, verb (used with object), pre·e·lim·i·nat·ed, pre·e·lim·i·nat·ing.un·e·lim·i·nat·ed, adjectivewell-e·lim·i·nat·ed, adjective
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Related Words for eliminative

cathartic, excretory, purgative, aperient, evacuant, expulsive

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.

    Vitality Supreme

    Bernarr Macfadden

  • Air baths are likewise valuable as a means of promoting activity in the eliminative function of the skin.

    Vitality Supreme

    Bernarr Macfadden

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for eliminative


verb (tr)

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
Derived Formseliminable, adjectiveeliminability, nouneliminant, nouneliminative or eliminatory, adjectiveeliminator, noun

Word Origin for eliminate

C16: from Latin ēlīmināre to turn out of the house, from e- out + līmen threshold


Eliminate is sometimes wrongly used to talk about avoiding the repetition of something undesirable: we must prevent (not eliminate) further mistakes of this kind
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Word Origin and History for eliminative



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.

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