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Legal Dictionary
  • Abdication
Abdication means to formally give up power. The term is derived from the Latin word abdicatio which means to disown or renounce. It is the act of renouncing or resigning from a formal office. The term commonly applies to monarchs and high offices. In Roman law, the term was also applied to the disowning of a family member. For example, the disinheriting of a son.