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Abdication

Ab`di`ca´tion
n.1.The act of abdicating; the renunciation of a high office, dignity, or trust, by its holder; commonly the voluntary renunciation of sovereign power; as, abdication of the throne, government, power, authority.
Noun1.Abdicationabdication - a formal resignation and renunciation of powers
Synonyms: stepping down
2.abdication - the act of abdicating
Synonyms: stepping down

ABDICATION, government. 1. A simple renunciation of an office, generally understood of a supreme office. James II. of England; Charles V. of Germany; and Christiana, Queen of Sweden, are said to have abdicated. When James III of England left the kingdom, the Commons voted that he had abdicated the government, and that thereby the throne had become vacant. The House of Lords preferred the word deserted, but the Commons thought it not comprehensive enough, for then, the king might have the liberty of returning. 2. When inferior magistrates decline or surrender their offices, they are said to make a resignation. (q.v.)

abjuration, abjurement, cession, demission, deposal, dropping out, emeritus status, forced resignation, forswearing, handing over, relinquishment, renouncement, renunciation, resignation, retiral, retirement, superannuation, surrender, voluntary resignation, waiver, withdrawal, withdrawing, yielding
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