Definition of abdication in English:


Syllabification: ab·di·ca·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌabdiˈkāSHən


  • 1An act of abdicating or renouncing the throne: Edward VIII did not marry until after his abdication
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    • The conference at Abernethy ended in the abdication of Constantin.
    • His death was followed 11 months later by King Edward VIII's abdication.
    • Meanwhile, Russia's problems did not disappear with the abdication.
    resignation, retirement; relinquishment, renunciation, surrender
    formal abjuration
    archaic demission
  • 2Failure to fulfill a responsibility or duty: we are witnessing an abdication of responsibility on the part of state governments
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    • Spoiling your ballot paper (s) today is an abdication of personal responsibility.
    • Garrow offers three basic reasons why he thinks Justice Blackmun is guilty of "a scandalous abdication of judicial responsibility."
    • Or there may be a tendency to place too much faith in Fate, which leads to an abdication of personal responsibility.

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