verb[with object] formal
- This section abrogates the common law principle, historically enshrined in the Judges' Rules, that only a defendant's voluntary statements can be relied on in a criminal trial.
- Accordingly, it is not within the competence of the Rules Committee, to abrogate the common law.
- The employees submitted that the Premier Plan and the associated trust could not be separated and the merger could not lawfully abrogate the trust rights to which they were entitled.
early 16th century: from Latin abrogat- 'repealed', from the verb abrogare, from ab- 'away, from' + rogare 'propose a law'.
The verbs abrogate and arrogate are quite different in meaning. While abrogate means ‘repeal (a law),’ arrogate means ‘take or claim (something) for oneself without justification,’ often in the structure arrogate something to oneself, as in the emergency committee arrogated to itself whatever powers it chose.
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- The courts accept that abrogation of these privileges can only be made by statute but nonetheless there is considerable scope for judicial definition of limits.
- It would depend on the detailed operation of the law and it is most unlikely that a blanket abrogation of legal professional privilege would survive.
- The administration's arguments justifying the wholesale abrogation of civil liberties are by no means limited to an emergency response to an immediate threat.