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abolitionism (n.)

"belief in the principle of abolishing (something)," 1790, in a purely anti-slavery sense (distinguished from opposition to the slave trade); from abolition + -ism.

updated on October 03, 2016

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Definitions of abolitionism from WordNet

abolitionism (n.)
the doctrine that calls for the abolition of slavery;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.