verb (used with object), ab·ro·gat·ed, ab·ro·gat·ing.

  1. to abolish by formal or official means; annul by an authoritative act; repeal: to abrogate a law.
  2. to put aside; put an end to.


  1. (tr) to cancel or revoke formally or officially; repeal; annul

1520s, from Latin abrogatus, past participle of abrogare “to annul, repeal (a law),” from ab- “away” (see ab-) + rogare “propose a law, request” (see rogation). Form abrogen, from Old French abroger, is recorded from early 15c. Related: Abrogated; abrogating.

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