A Word A Day : Abrogation

Wednesday, 28th May 2008 : Today's Word is ...


( Noun )

Pronunciation : àbbre-gáysh'n


1. An often formal act of putting an end to

2. Abolishing by formal or official means


Early 16th century - Latin abrogat- past participle of abrogare - repeal a law - rogare - ask, propose a law


abolishment, abolition, annihilation, annulment, cancellation, defeasance, invalidation, negation, nullification, voidance


continuance, continuation

Contextual Examples:

• Let the advocates of a falsely called Philanthropy plead as they may for the abrogation of the Irregular Penal Laws, I for my part have never known an Irregular who was not also what Nature evidently intended him to be -- a hypocrite, a misanthropist, and, up to the limits of his power, a perpetrator of all manner of mischief.

Related Words:

abrogate : Verb

abrogative : Adjective

abrogator : Noun


The destruction or annulling of a former law by an act of the legislative power, by constitutional authority, or by usage. It stands opposed to rogation and is distinguished from derogation which implies the taking away of only some part of a law: from subrogation which denotes the substitution of a clause: from dispensation which only sets it aside in a particular instance: and from antiquation, which is the refusing to pass a law.

For example, the abrogation of the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibited the manufacture or sale of intoxicating liquors, was accomplished by the enactment of the Twenty-first Amendment. Implied abrogation takes place when a new law contains provisions that are positively contrary to a former law, without expressly abrogating such laws, or when the order of things for which the law has been made no longer exists.

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