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1. The act of doing away with or the state of being done away with; annulment.
2. Abolishment of slavery.

[Latin abolitiō, abolitiōn-, from abolitus, past participle of abolēre, to abolish; see abolish.]

ab′o·li′tion·ar′y (-lĭsh′ə-nĕr′ē) adj.
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Adj.1.abolitionary - relating to or favoring abolition, especially abolition of slaveryabolitionary - relating to or favoring abolition, especially abolition of slavery
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As she sums up one of her key points, "Celebrating the abolitionary decree as a symbol of France's commitment to freedom and democracy, the commemoration honored contributions of French individuals to the exclusion of Caribbean initiatives" (4).
The tradition continued in the nineteenth century, with Nat Turner's attempt to wrest freedom forcefully from his owners; through Harriet Tubman's and Frederick Douglass's freedom and abolitionary crusades; by black soldiers fighting for the Union and slaves attaching themselves to the conquering Union armies; and finally through the postwar educators--most notably Booker T.