Word of The Day for Wednesday, March 16, 2011


ob•ro•gate (OB-ruh-geyt)  v

to annul indirectly by enacting a new and contrary law, instead of by expressly abrogating or repealing the old one

obrogated past participle; obrogated past tense; obrogating present participle; obrogates 3rd person singular present; obrogation noun

from Latin obrogatus, p. p. of obrogare "to obrogate"

Synonyms: abolish, annul, cancel, dissolve, invalidate, negate, nix, nullify, undo, vacate, vitiate, void

Sentence Examples:
• In the new Code of Canon Law there are many instances of revocation or obrogation of older legislation, as in the matter of censures and matrimonial impediments.  -Moral Theology, John A. McHugh and Charles J. Callan

• If these considerations justify the view that Gracchus contemplated the cognizance of the plebs, the clause of the Twelve Tables which claimed capital causes for the centuries was obrogated so far as this particular jurisdiction was concerned. But the conservative lawyers whom Cicero quotes seem not to have admitted the obrogation, and still appeal to the clause of the Tables as stating a fundamental principle of the constitution.  -The legal procedure of Cicero's time, Abel Hendy Jones Greenidge

• Israel fears the obrogation of its peace treaty with Egypt. That is understandable - but this is a popular uprising and the people are making legitimate demands - and guess what.....Israel is NOT the reason why the people protest.

Sources: Free Dictionary, Dictionary.com

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