Religion - Law
Written by Ephraim Chambers   
Thursday, 01 January 1728 09:00
the Act of undoing, destroying, or throwing a Thing out of use.
Thus, in our Laws, the Abolition of a Law, Statute, or Custom, is the abrogating or repealing it. See ABROGATION, REPEALING, STATUTE, &c.

So, the Leave given by the King or Judge, to a criminal Accuser, to desist from further Prosecution of the Accused, is peculiarly called Abolition.

The Word is form'd of the Latin Abolere, ita ext'vnguere & delere, ut ne oleat quidem.