Definition of abdication in English:


Line breaks: ab¦di|ca¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌabdɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n


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.
2Failure to fulfil a responsibility or duty: we are witnessing an abdication of responsibility on the part of European 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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