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abolition +‎ -ism.


  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌæb.əˈlɪʃ.əˌnɪz.m̩/
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abolitionism (countable and uncountable, plural abolitionisms)

  1. Support for the abolition of something; the tenets of abolitionists.
    • 1991, Willem de Haan, "Abolitionism and Crime Control", in Kevin Martin Stenson, David Cowell, The Politics of Crime Control, SAGE (→ISBN), page 203:
      Abolitionism is based on the moral conviction that social life should not and, in fact, cannot be regulated effectively by criminal law . As a social movement committed to the abolition of the prison or even the entire penal system, abolitionism originated in campaigns for prisoners' rights and penal reform.
    • 2006, Melissa Hope Ditmore, Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work, Greenwood Publishing Group, →ISBN, page 6:
      Abolitionism is still a powerful philosophy among contemporary feminists, both in the West and in the developing world.
    1. Support for the abolition of prisons.
      • 2002, David Levinson, Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment, SAGE, →ISBN, page 1:
        Prisons and jails have been condemned, at least by some, for as long as they have existed. [] In the United States, the most profound statement of support for abolitionism is the document Instead of Prisons [] Abolitionism has also given emphasis to didferent strategies for change, ranging from simply abolishing prisons to abolishing the entire criminal justice apparatus, []
    2. Support for the abolition (banning) of sex work.
      • 2006 January 1, Melissa Hope Ditmore, Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work, Greenwood Publishing Group, →ISBN, page 4:
        Abolitionism is a term that refers to a particular ideological and legal approach to prostitution. The approach has its roots in 19th-century feminism and is still a potent force [] Thus abolitionism arose as a movement against the state regulation of prostitution. The leader of the abolitionist movement was Josephine Butler, []
    3. (abortion) Support for the abolition (banning) of abortion.
  2. (historical, US) Support for the abolition of slavery.

Derived terms


  • Norwegian Bokmål: abolisjonisme
  • Polish: abolicjonizm



  1. ^ Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief, William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002), “abolitionism”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford, New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 6.
  2. ^ Dias, Elizabeth (2022 July 1) “Inside the Extreme Effort to Punish Women for Abortion”, in New York Times, The New York Times, retrieved 2022-August-24




abolition +‎ -ism


abolitionism c

  1. abolitionism


Declension of abolitionism 
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Nominative abolitionism abolitionismen abolitionismer abolitionismerna
Genitive abolitionisms abolitionismens abolitionismers abolitionismernas