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abrogate Syllabification: ab·ro·gate
Pronunciation: /ˈabrəˌɡāt/

Definition of abrogate in English:


[with object] formal
1Repeal or do away with (a law, right, or formal agreement): a proposal to abrogate temporarily the right to strike
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  • 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.
Law disallow, cancel, invalidate, nullify, void, negate, dissolve, countermand, declare null and void, discontinue;
reverse, retract, remove, withdraw, abolish, put an end to, do away with, get rid of, end, stop, quash, scrap;
2Evade (a responsibility or duty): we believe the board is abrogating its responsibilities to its shareholders
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  • They also used this employment instrument to abrogate any responsibility for wrongdoings against employees.
  • The mainstream media have abrogated their responsibility to deal with the facts.
  • They have abrogated their duty to the country.


Early 16th century: from Latin abrogat- 'repealed', from the verb abrogare, from ab- 'away, from' + rogare 'propose a law'.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 meansrepeal (a law),’ arrogate meanstake 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.



Pronunciation: /ˌabrəˈɡāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • 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.
repeal, revocation, repudiation, rescinding, overturning, annulment, overruling, cancellation, invalidation, nullification, negation, dissolution, discontinuation;
reversal, retraction, removal, withdrawal, abolition
formal rescission

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