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abrogate v : revoke formally

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From Latin abrogatus, past participle of abrogare, which is formed from ab + rogare "to ask", "to inquire", "to propose a law". See rogation.


  • (RP) /ˈæbrəgeɪt/


  1. Abrogated; abolished. - Latimer


  1. To annul by an authoritative act; to abolish by the authority of the maker or his successor; to repeal; -- applied to the repeal of laws, decrees, ordinances, the abolition of customs, etc.
    • Let us see whether the New Testament abrogates what we so frequently see in the Old. - South
    • Whose laws, like those of the Medes and Persian, they cannot alter or abrogate. - Burke
  2. To put an end to; to do away with.

Related terms


to annul by an authoritative act
Russian: аннулировать (annulírovat'), отменять (otmenját'), расторгать (rastorgát’)
to put an end to



  1. Form of Second-person plural present tense, abrogare
  2. Form of Second-person plural imperative, abrogare#Italian|abrogare

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Abrogation may refer to:
abrogate in German: Abrogation

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