abrogation

Abrogation is the act of canceling, nullifying, or repealing something, almost always in an official or legal context.

To abrogate something is to repeal or cancel it, so abrogation is the act of repealing or canceling. This is mainly a legal term. Abrogation occurs whenever an old law or rule is abolished, like when slavery was outlawed. The abrogation of a lease means it is no longer valid and binding. The annulment of a marriage — which legally wipes out the marriage, as if it never happened — is also a type of abrogation.

Definitions of abrogation
  1. noun
    the act of abrogating; an official or legal cancellation
    synonyms: annulment, repeal
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    derogation
    (law) the partial taking away of the effectiveness of a law; a partial repeal or abolition of a law
    vacation
    the act of making something legally void
    recall
    the act of removing an official by petition
    revocation
    the act (by someone having the authority) of annulling something previously done
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    cancellation
    the act of cancelling; calling off some arrangement
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