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Jan 22, 2009
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abrogate

PRONUNCIATION:
(AB-ruh-gayt)

MEANING:
verb tr. To put aside or treat as nonexistent, especially by an authoritative act.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin abrogatus (repealed), past participle of abrogare (to repeal a law), from ab- (away from) + rogare (to ask, propose a law). Ultimately from the Indo-European reg- (to move in a straight line, to lead or rule) that is also the source of regent, regime, direct, rectangle, erect, rectum, alert, source, and surge.

USAGE:
"I am proud to be sponsoring this amendment with the senior senator from West Virginia [Robert Byrd]. He's absolutely right that Congress has abrogated its oversight responsibilities."
Remarks of Senator Barack Obama on the Military Commission Legislation; Sep 28, 2006.

See more usage examples of abrogate in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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