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abolish

verb [T] uk   /əˈbɒl.ɪʃ/ us    /-ˈbɑː.lɪʃ/
B2 to end an activity or custom officially: I think bullfighting should be abolished. National Service was abolished in the UK in 1962.Legislation and law-makingForbidding and banning things
abolition
noun [U] uk   /ˌæb.əˈlɪʃ.ən/ us  
the abolition of slaveryForbidding and banning things
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