- the act or an instance of abnegating, or denying oneself some rights, conveniences, etc.: It was a time of austerity and abnegation.
- the act of relinquishing or giving up a right, possession, etc.: abnegation of parental responsibilities.
late 14c., “a negative assertion,” c.1500 as “self-denial,” from Latin abnegationem (nominative abnegatio) “refusal, denial,” noun of action from past participle stem of abnegare “to refuse, deny,” from ab- “off, away from” (see ab-) + negare “to deny” (see deny).