Elimination is the process of getting rid of something, whether it’s waste, errors, or the competition.

Elimination comes from the Latin word limen, which means threshold. The Romans added an “e” to the beginning and created the verb eliminare, which means to banish or to push over the threshold and out the door. If you solve a multiple-choice question on a test using the process of elimination, you rule out the wrong possibilities one by one until you find the right answer.

Definitions of elimination
  1. noun
    the act of removing or getting rid of something
    synonyms: riddance
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    elimination of superfluous details
    oversimplification, simplism
    an act of excessive simplification; the act of making something seem simpler than it really is
    rationalisation, rationalization
    (mathematics) the simplification of an expression or equation by eliminating radicals without changing the value of the expression or the roots of the equation
    type of:
    remotion, removal
    the act of removing
  2. noun
    analysis of a problem into alternative possibilities followed by the systematic rejection of unacceptable alternatives
    synonyms: reasoning by elimination
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    analysis, analytic thinking
    the abstract separation of a whole into its constituent parts in order to study the parts and their relations
  3. noun
    the bodily process of discharging waste matter
    synonyms: evacuation, excreting, excretion, voiding
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    incontinence, incontinency
    involuntary urination or defecation
    micturition, urination
    the discharge of urine
    bm, bowel movement, movement
    a euphemism for defecation
    enuresis, urinary incontinence
    inability to control the flow of urine and involuntary urination
    haematochezia, hematochezia
    passage of stools containing blood (as from diverticulosis or colon cancer or peptic ulcer)
    leak, making water, passing water, wetting
    a euphemism for urination
    passing small stones with the urine
    nocturia, nycturia
    excessive urination at night; especially common in older men
    production of an abnormally small amount of urine
    pee, peeing, piss
    informal terms for urination
    urochesia, urochezia
    passage of urine from the anus
    type of:
    discharge, emission, expelling
    any of several bodily processes by which substances go out of the body
  4. noun
    the murder of a competitor
    synonyms: liquidation
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    execution, murder, slaying
    unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being
  5. noun
    the act of removing an unknown mathematical quantity by combining equations
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    type of:
    remotion, removal
    the act of removing
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